Contains beeflies with a globular head, the eyes have a medial bisecting line, and usually abdomen flattened and banded (not banded in Tasmanian Anthracini).
The flies in this subfamily are probably responsible for the adoption of “bee-fies”. They are usually compact, well rounded, densely furry flies that are often seen hovering above flowers while they feed on the nectar with their long proboscis.
Ecliminae includes beeflies typically with unusually elongate abdomen and ‘shaggy’ hairing.
For Australia, only a single Tomomyzinae genus, Docidomyia, with 15 described species. From these only one species is also found in Tasmania, D. puellaris.
Only a couple of Geron species are known for Tasmania from this subfamily.
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