Alice Springs Desert Park

ASDP InsectsASDP Ants ASDP Opisthopsis sp ASDP Bees Amegilla chlorocyanea Bee Braunsapis sp Exoneurella eremophila Bee Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Mating Lasioglossum (Homalictus) ASDP Beetles Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion humarale) Snout Beetle (Lixus) Transverse Ladybird ASDP Butterflies & Moths Banksia Moth – Caterpillar Caper White Butterfly Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus ssp sthenelus) Day Flying Moth / Mistletoe Moth Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides) Noctuinae (Caterpillar) Processionary Caterpillar ASDP Diptera Bee Fly (Australiphthiria sp) Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata) ASDP Hemiptera / Heteroptera Crusader Bug (Mictis profana) Ground Shield Bug ASDP Orthoptera ASDP Katydid (Taeniomenae) ASDP Wasps Potter Wasp Torymus Chalcid Wasp ASDP Tropidoderus gracilifemur

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Ligyra is a genus of bee flies in the family Bombyliidae. It was described by Edward Newman in 1841, there being currently at least 110 described species in the genus.

Current observation on iNaturalistAU show observations in south-west region of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Central Australia in the Northern Territory.

Ligyra cingulata - Bee Fly, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Ligyra cingulata – Bee Fly, Alice Springs Desert Park NT

Pictured here at the Alice Springs Desert Park, is a largish Bee Fly, Ligyra cingulata. The park is home to many different species of bee flies of different family and genus.

Ligyra cingulata - Bee Fly, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Ligyra cingulata – Bee Fly, Alice Springs Desert Park NT

The adults bee flies usually feed on nectar and pollen and are important pollinators. The larvae are mostly parasitoids of other insects.

Ligyra cingulata - Bee Fly, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Ligyra cingulata – Bee Fly, Alice Springs Desert Park NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Diptera
  • Suborder: Brachycera
  • Informal: Orthorrhapha
  • Superfamily: Asiloidea
  • Family: Bombyliidae
  • Subfamily: Anthracinae
  • Genus: Ligyra
  • Species: Ligyra cingulata

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Chris Lambkin (chris-lambkin) and tropicbreeze of iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/190056990
  2. Ligyra cingulata (Wulp, 1885), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/13bb7789-df2e-4860-9e83-d41587454b22
  3. Genus Ligyra, ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/190056990
  4. Genus Ligyra, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/246066-Ligyra
  5. Ligyra Newman, 1841, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/0d68ebf9-8501-44d3-81d7-7d7070e9c6ee

ASDP InsectsASDP Ants ASDP Opisthopsis sp ASDP Bees Amegilla chlorocyanea Bee Braunsapis sp Exoneurella eremophila Bee Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) Mating Lasioglossum (Homalictus) ASDP Beetles Bush Cockroach (Ellipsidion humarale) Snout Beetle (Lixus) Transverse Ladybird ASDP Butterflies & Moths Banksia Moth – Caterpillar Caper White Butterfly Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus ssp sthenelus) Day Flying Moth / Mistletoe Moth Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa pulchelloides) Noctuinae (Caterpillar) Processionary Caterpillar ASDP Diptera Bee Fly (Australiphthiria sp) Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata) ASDP Hemiptera / Heteroptera Crusader Bug (Mictis profana) Ground Shield Bug ASDP Orthoptera ASDP Katydid (Taeniomenae) ASDP Wasps Potter Wasp Torymus Chalcid Wasp ASDP Tropidoderus gracilifemur

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Alice Springs Desert ParkFauna Flora Nature Theatre Nocturnal House