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 


Tribe Villini - Banded Beeflies

Family Bombyliidae

This page contains pictures and information about Bee Flies in Tribe Villini that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

In this tribe, the beeflies have their wing vein Rs forks very close to cross vein r-m. They are medium to large size flies. They have stout body with wings hyaline. Their body usually has contrasting stripes. Villini and Exoprosopini are closely related and they look and behave very similar. 
There is not much information above this Tribe Villini in Australia available. 

Villa Bee Fly I
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Villa sp., body length 12mm 
This fly look like a bee and it was hovering near flowers. We first thought it was a Hovering Fly. However, from its wing vein, we are sure it is a Bee Fly belongs to Family Bombyliidae. The pictures were taken in Macgregor Bushland during early winter. We saw this fly only once. Please click on here for more information.
Villa Bee Fly II
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Villa sp., body length 10mm, male, female
The beefly is yellowish brown in colour with banded abdomen. Those bands are dark brown with narrow pale brown, with one band is white. The wings are clear with a white spot at the wing base. We have more information and pictures in this page.
Villa Bee Fly III
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Villa sp., body length 10mm
Picture was taken in Karawatha Forest in early summer 2004. Please check this page for more information.
Villa Bee Fly IV
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Villa sp. body length 10mm, male, female
Pictures were taken in Karawatha Forest during early summer. The fly was resting on plant materials on the ground. The beefly is yellowish brown in colour with banded abdomen. Those are dark brown bands with yellow narrow bands. Please check this page for more information.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 759.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p364.
3. Bee Flies (Bombyliidae) - - by Giff Beaton, 2005.
4. An evolutionary radiation of beeflies in semi-arid Australia: systematics of the Exoprosopini (Diptera: Bombyliidae) - Lambkin CL, Yeates DK & Greathead DJ, Invertebrate Systematics, 2003   

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