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Usia versicolor  (Fabricius, 1787)
Main synonym = Bombylius versicolor    Fabricius, 1787
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Diptera / Bombyliidae
English name not known     Dubbiena tas-Suffejra
Further Information:
A small, bee-looking fly about 3-5mm long which is almost always found on the flowers of Calendula spp. (Marigolds). The male is more attractive from the black female, having a pale beige abdomen with a central orange patch, a characteristic distinguishing feature for this species.

Member species of Usia are strictly Mediterranean, spreading to central Europe and parts of Middle East. Usia versicolor is reported from Malta, Sicily and South Italy. Staying mostly on Calendula sepceis, they are the prime pollinators of these plants including the important sub-endemic Calendula suffruticosa subsp. fulgida s.l.












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