Anthrax Bee Fly I
Anthrax Bee Fly II
Anthrax Bee Fly III
Anthrax Bee Fly IV
Thraxan Bee Fly I
Thraxan Bee Fly II
Thraxan Bee Fly III
Thraxan Bee Fly IV
Thraxan Bee Fly V
Thraxan Bee Fly VI
Villa Bee Fly I
Villa Bee Fly II
Villa Bee Fly III
Villa Bee Fly IV 


Slender Bee Fly - Geron sp.

Family Bombyliidae

This page contains pictures and information about Slender Bee Flies  that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.  
Body length 8mm 
This is a small Bee Fly with hairy golden body. They are usually found feeding on flowers in a sunny day. Notice the long proboscis for feeding nectar. They are import pollinators of some flower plant species.
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Pictures were taken in Karawatha Forest during early summer. There were a number of them feeding on flowers of Forest Boronia (Boronia rosmarinifolia). 
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Pictures was taken in White Hill during early summer. We cannot identify this fly. George Foster send us email advised that it is a Bombyliid. Then we narrowed down that this is the Geron sp..

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Bee Flies in the subfamily usually have the slender body covered with short hairs. They also have long and slender proboscis to feed on flowers.   

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 758.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p364.
3. Bee Fly Geron sp., - Diptera (flies) of Orange County, California, by Peter J. Bryant.
4. Wild Plants of Greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum 2003, p 135.
5. Studies in Pacific Bombyliidae (Diptera) II. Revision of the genus Geron of Australia and the Pacific - Evenhuis, Neal L., Pacific Insects Vol. 21, no. 1: 13-55 30 August 1979. 

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