Turquoise soldier fly (Gongrosargus)

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    Thanks to Psarus for the ID.

    Found during a night hike in Mananara nord national park, Madagascar.

    Dendroica cerulea, Mr. Phidippus, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Arthur Anker 15 months ago | reply

      quite spectacular, remember the blue one from Iwokrama ?

    2. A.Alwosaibie 15 months ago | reply

      Amazing work..

    3. Nikola Rahme 15 months ago | reply

      Beautiful species!

    4. Moneycue 15 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot! What a beautiful fly! Wonderful macro.

    5. ana & xavier (+ 900.000 views) 15 months ago | reply

      Wonderful composition, detail and light!

    6. Arthur Anker 15 months ago | reply

      oh, Paul loves this type of comments: wonderful composition :-))

    7. pbertner 15 months ago | reply

      - Think you know me so well...no other comment provides me with more pleasure! And yeah that Iwokrama fly sure was something as well. Wish I'd gotten a pic but gladly you were there to steal my thunder, eh :) ?

    8. Arthur Anker 15 months ago | reply

      Paul: there are many other wonders ! I am planning to take 6 months off after my postdoc to travel across Africa

    9. pbertner 15 months ago | reply

      - hmmm...when would that be, definitely a place that I've been wanting to visit. Any tropical jungle or mostly desert and dry savannah lands?

    10. Arthur Anker 15 months ago | reply

      tropical rainforest !

    11. Psarus 15 months ago | reply

      Wow amazing! This looks like the genus Gongrosargus. Unfortunately the Sarginae of Madagascar are a mess, but this is for sure a beauty! Great pic!!

    12. pbertner 15 months ago | reply

      Thanks Psarus for the IDs, they're always appreciated!

    13. Psarus 15 months ago | reply

      I am actually revising the Madagascar Stratiomyidae - which can take a longer time, but I am sure I will ask you for this picture for the publication, when I am getting there... I am not even sure if I have this species, and right now I have about 8,000 specimen from Madagascar..
      Cheers,
      Martin

    14. pbertner 15 months ago | reply

      Yeah I'm happy to oblige as I'm always happy to contribute to a clearer understanding of the classification. Seems like a daunting task ahead of you!

    15. Arthur Anker 15 months ago | reply

      Psarus: do you know the ID of the bright blue one from Guyana :
      www.flickr.com/photos/artour_a/5103609894/

    16. Psarus 15 months ago | reply

      I have seen that pic before, but after you asked me I went through the literature and my type photographs, and I am pretty sure that it is:
      Phanerozus pampinus (Osten Sacken, 1886), known so far from Costa Rica and Panama.
      Cheers
      Martin

    17. Arthur Anker 15 months ago | reply

      updated ID, much thanks !

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