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 


Subfamily Toxophorinae - Slender Bee Flies

Family Bombyliidae

This page contains pictures and information about Slender Bee Flies in subfamily Toxophorinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.  
Slender Bee Flies in subfamily Toxophorinae are small to medium in size. In Australia they are all put in genus Geron. They are very similar in appearance and hard to be distinguished in photos. 
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.  
The larvae of Geron are known to be parasitic on various families of Lepidoptera (moth caterpillars) such as Tortricidae, Pyralidae and Psychidae.

Slender Bee Fly
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Geron sp., Tribe Gerontini, body length 8mm
Pictures were taken in Karawatha Forest during early summer. There were a number of them feeding on flowers of Forest Boronia (Boronia rosmarinifolia). More pictures can be found in here.

1. Family BOMBYLIIDAE - Australasian/Oceanian Diptera Catalog - Web Version, by Greg Daniels.
2. 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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