Bee FliesBee Fly (Anthrax) Ligyra Australiphthiria

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.

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

The Bee Fly pictured here, at the Alice Springs Desert Park in Central Australia (Northern Territory), is the species Ligyra cingulata.

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

The Bee Fly (Ligyra cingulata) pictured here is feeding on the the Poached Egg Daisy (Polycalymma stuartii).

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

Atlas of Living Australia (at time of writing) say that there are 110 described species.

Ligyra cingulata - Bee Fly, Alice Springs Desert Park NT
Ligyra cingulata on Polycalymma stuartii, Alice Springs Desert Park NT

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  • 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 bombyliformis (Macleay, 1826) 
    • Ligyra burnsi Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra calabyana Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra campbelli Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra chinnicki Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra cingulata (Wulp, 1885) 
    • Ligyra commoni Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra dentata (Roberts, 1928) 
    • Ligyra doryca (Boisduval, 1835) 
    • Ligyra eyreana Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra fasciata Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra fuscipennis (Macquart, 1848) 
    • Ligyra hemifusca (Roberts, 1928) 
    • Ligyra inquinita (Roberts, 1928) 
    • Ligyra orest Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra pilad Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra punctipennis (Macquart, 1850) 
    • Ligyra robertsi Paramonov, 1967 
    • Ligyra satyrus Fabricius, 1775 
    • Ligyra septentrionis (Roberts, 1928) 
    • Ligyra sinuatifascia (Macquart, 1855) 
    • Ligyra tenebrosa Paramonov, 1967 


Bee FliesBee Fly (Anthrax) Ligyra Australiphthiria

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