2016-01-15 15:06:15

Species

Species NameIdentification by
Villa spp.leuba

Description

These attractive beeflies were seen mating amongst leaf litter. There is clear distinction between the female and the male with the female having well separated eyes(Pic 3) and the male with large eyes together with only a thin line of separation (Pic 2). The male beefly has a single bright white spot at the base of each wing as seen in pic 2. The female has no such spots and (which is on the left-hand side) has brighter white abdominal bands and a pair of lateral tufts of white setae. Spotted in a nature reserve.

Tags

adult-female
bee-fly
male-adult
mating

Location

Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia

Discussion

  • 2016-01-18

    David Francis

    "Very useful to see the male and female together."

  • 2016-01-18

    Leuba Ridgway

    "I thought so too. I will post a pair of golden beeflies mating as well. The female was so much larger than the male. They are everywhere this season !"

Meta

Observation2016-01-15 15:06:15
Date-Time From CameraYes
Photo Qualitygood-for-id
Location-37.869665, 145.294184
Photo Geo-Tag UsedYes
Created2016-01-18 by leuba
Updated2016-01-18 by leuba
Photo(s) LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence
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