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Turquoise soldier fly (Gongrosargus)

Thanks to Psarus for the ID.

 

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

  • Art 2y

    quite spectacular, remember the blue one from Iwokrama ?
  • A. Alwosaibie 2y

    Amazing work..
  • Nikola Rahmé 2y

    Beautiful species!
  • Moneycue 2y

    Fantastic shot! What a beautiful fly! Wonderful macro.
  • kim fleming 2y

    lovely!
  • ana - xavier 2y

    Wonderful composition, detail and light!
  • Art 2y

    oh, Paul loves this type of comments: wonderful composition :-))
  • Paul 2y

    Art - 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 :) ?
  • Art 2y

    Paul: there are many other wonders ! I am planning to take 6 months off after my postdoc to travel across Africa
  • Paul 2y

    Art - 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?
  • Art 2y

    tropical rainforest !
  • Martin Hauser 2y

    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!!
  • Paul 2y

    Thanks Psarus for the IDs, they're always appreciated!
  • Martin Hauser 2y

    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
  • Paul 2y

    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!
  • Art 2y

    Psarus: do you know the ID of the bright blue one from Guyana :
    Beauty in blue by Arthur Anker
  • Martin Hauser 2y

    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
  • Art 2y

    updated ID, much thanks !
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