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Microdon fulgens

Microdon fulgens
Christmas, Orange County, Florida, USA
October 2, 2021
Size: 14.5mm

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Moved from ID Request.

Based off of how robust the specimen is, this is most definitely the rare and local Microdon fulgens. Awesome pics of this fly. Your link goes to a hawk moth though

Thanks for catching that, I updated the link to go to the right page.
Ya I love this specimen, it is so beautiful! And thanks for the ID, why is it rare?

They are specialists of certain species of ants
So they are restricted to where the ants are found. They may be locally uncommon where their host ants are abundant

Microdon fulgens.
Microdon fulgens.
Note the shape of scutellum with two apical spines and the M1 vein bent at midpoint. Hind tibia metallic green.
Different in craigheadii....

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