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Tangle-vein fly (Nemestrinidae)Trichopsidea oestracea

Tangle-vein fly at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby

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Trichopsidea oestracea at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 22 Nov 2017
Trichopsidea oestracea at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 22 Nov 2017
Trichopsidea oestracea at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 22 Nov 2017
Trichopsidea oestracea at Isaacs Ridge and Nearby - 22 Nov 2017

Identification history

Tangle-vein fly (Nemestrinidae) Trichopsidea oestracea 21 Dec 2017 KimPullen
Other true fly Exeretonevra sp. 18 Dec 2017 KimPullen
Bee fly (Bombyliidae) Bombyliidae sp. (family) 18 Dec 2017 michael.batley
Unidentified 18 Dec 2017 roymcd

Author's notes

When I first found it this bee was covered in meat ants and getting eaten alive. Unfortunately I damaged its wing while removing them.

3 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   21 Dec 2017
Identification by David Ferguson.
roymcd wrote:
   22 Dec 2017
Thanks Michael, Kim and David Ferguson. Any tips for me on separating flies from bees? I just saw the protrusion from the abdomen and thought it was a bee's stinger. Cheers, Roy.
KimPullen wrote:
   22 Dec 2017
Roy - In this case, the protrusion from the abdomen is an ovipositor (egg-laying apparatus). The main feature distinguishing flies from nearly all other insects is that they have only one pair of flying wings, with the hind pair reduced to tiny knobs called halteres. Bees have two pairs of wings, although during flight they are normally locked together on each side by a series of tiny hooks along the front edge of the hind wing.

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Location

Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 22 Nov 2017 10:33 AM Recorded on
  • roymcd Recorded by
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