Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs DipteraGreen Blowfly Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) Mydas Fly, Miltinus sp Robber Fly, Bathypogon sp Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus) Stiletto Fly (Agapophytus yeatesi) Soldier Flies (Odontomyia) Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) Yellow-shouldered Hover Fly, Ischiodon scutellaris

These Australiphthiria sp are very small bee-flies, with wings usually folded over their rounded abdomen. The Australiphthiria are unusual for bee-flies, in that they are nearly hairless and don’t have the distinctively bent wing-veins displayed by many species. They are diurnal.

Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs NT

The Australiphthiria sp in Alice Springs are often found on the flowering plant genus Gossypium, including Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe) and Sturt’s Desert Rose (Gossyipium sturtianum).

Australian Desert Rose (Gossypium australe) with Australiphthiria sp, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) on Native Cotton Bush (Gossypium australe), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Diptera
  • Suborder: Brachycera
  • Infraorder: Orthorrhapha
  • Superfamily: Asiloidea
  • Family: Bombyliidae
  • Subfamily: Phthiriinae
  • Tribe: Phthiriini
  • Genus: Australiphthiria

Footnote & References

  1. Australiphthiria Evenhuis, 1986, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/9e6b8e29-9246-4db0-b800-470fff3f1eec
  2. Genus Australiphthiria, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/633588-Australiphthiria
  3. Genus Australiphthiria, ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/109521160
  4. Australiphthiria (genus), NatureMapr, https://canberra.naturemapr.org/species/1384

Alice Springs DipteraGreen Blowfly Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) Mydas Fly, Miltinus sp Robber Fly, Bathypogon sp Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus) Stiletto Fly (Agapophytus yeatesi) Soldier Flies (Odontomyia) Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) Yellow-shouldered Hover Fly, Ischiodon scutellaris

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