Comptosia sp. 1

Distribution: Unknown.

Description: These bee flies were approximately 10 -15 millimetres long.

Notes: Bee flies occur on every continent except Antarctica. While the adults eat nectar and pollen, almost all bee fly larvae are parasites of wasp and bee larvae.

This bee fly has been photographed in December.

References: http://tolweb.org/Bombyliidae

http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/Find+out+about/Behind+the+Scenes/Museum+Experts/Biodiversity/Bee+Flies

Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

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