Villa vitrea

cf. Villa vitrea – this species has yellow to orange thick hairing on the sides of the thorax, the wings are nearly entirely clear with only the thin area between veins Sc and R1 noticeably browned. The abdomen has a white band on the second and fourth visible tergites and a thin orangish band on each of the other tergites (excepting the first). White scales are usually present on the frons anteriorly (above the antennae) – Roberts (1928) speculates this may only occur in males, however the scales are easily abraded in specimens and the sexual difference was not mentioned by White (1916) who reviewed Tasmanian Bombyliidae. Body length range 6-8mm.

Late February 2017
Peter Murrell Reserve, Kingston
Bodylength approx. 6mm.