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.

Date & Time

  2016-01-15 03:06 PM


  -37.869665 , 145.294184 : 125.431 m

Near Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia


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  1. David Francis  Very useful to see the male and female together.

    Reply • 18 Jan 2016

    • 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 !

      Reply • 18 Jan 2016

NS Observation No. 569C2E05ED2A89F5E100001F
Created 2016-01-18 11:20 AM (about 4 years ago)
Created By Leuba Ridgway
Updated 2016-01-18 11:07 PM (about 4 years ago)
Updated By Leuba Ridgway
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