Bandella noorinbee, Bickel, 2002

Bickel, Daniel J., 2002, Bandella, A New Hilarine Fly Genus from Australia (Diptera: Empididae), Records of the Australian Museum 54, pp. 313-324: 320-321

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Bandella noorinbee


Bandella noorinbee   n.sp.

Figs. 2d, 2e, 3e, 3f

Type material. HOLOTYPE 3, PARATYPES 23, 11♀, Victoria: Noorinbee , 12.xi.1969, A. Neboiss (all MVM)   .

Additional material. New South Wales: 33, 6.4 km N of Batemans Bay , 14.x.1952, 22.x.1952, 14.x.1959   ; 3, Macquarie Falls , 14.xi.1960, 2♀   , Warrell Creek , 11.x.1962 ( ANIC). 3, Mt Royal SF, nr Pieries Ridge, 600–700 m, 15.xi.1986; ♀   , 30 km N of Taree, 23.xi.1985 ( AMS); 3, Royal NP, Couranga Trail , 7.xi.1993 ( CNC)   .

Description (male): length: 7.2–7.3; wing: 5.0×1.5. Head: post-cranium, vertex and frons shining black with no pruinosity; ventral postcranium with scattered pale setae; postorbitals reduced to short hairs, white ventrally, black dorsally; face covered with silvery pruinosity; labrum yellowish with dark brown base and apex, labellum black; antenna black brown; scape and pedicel setose.

Thorax: pleura and humeral areas of mesonotum redyellow; mesonotum mostly black posteriorly, narrowing step like anteriorly, to become black stripe over ac band and pronotum ( Fig. 2d); scutellum black; postnotum black but covered with grey pruinosity; setulae pale; scutellum with pair short median marginal setae, and with some adjacent short setae.

Legs: coxae yellow; trochanters and remainder of legs dark brown to black; coxae with only short pale vestiture, no strong setae; all tarsi with strong black claws and large yellowish pulvilli; I: 6.7; 7.0; 3.6/ 1.2/ 1.0/ 0.9/ 0.8; FI and TI mostly with short vestiture; TI without anteroapical comb; TI, It 1, and It 2 each with 2 pairs of av-pv setae, and It 3 each with single pair of av-pv setae; II: 6.7; 7.0; 3.0/ 1.4/ 1.0/ 0.9/ 0.7; TII with pair strong apical av-pv setae setae; each tarsomere IIt 1–3 with apical av-pv setae; IIt 1 with black ventral pile; remainder of tarsus II with dense pale ventral pile; III: 11.0; 10.0; 3.0/ 1.3/ 1.0/ 0.8/ 0.8; FIII gradually expanding apically, and weakly clavate in distal third; TIII without strong setae; IIIt with short black vestiture.

Abdomen entirely shining black, with metallic blue-violet reflections; without pruinosity; tergum 7 with distal U-

in October and November. This species shows strong sexual dimorphism in mesonotal pattern: males have an extensive black area ( Fig. 2d), whereas females have an entirely yellow mesonotum ( Fig. 2e).


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