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Blue & Gold Syrphid in California - Pseudoscaeva diversifasciata - male

Blue & Gold Syrphid in California - Pseudoscaeva diversifasciata - Male
Webb Canyon, ~2000 ft. altitude, Los Angeles County, California, USA
May 5, 2009
Size: ~8.5 mm
Rescued from the pool yesterday -- fortunately in good condition! I was quite taken by the lovely blue and gold coloration of this attractive fly. After looking through all of the syrphid species submitted from California, I am fairly certain that this must be Ocyptamus diversifasciatus. However, there is only the single image submitted by Hartmut Wisch to compare to, so I would love to have confirmation.

Mixed oak & chaparral habitat.

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Blue & Gold Syrphid in California - Pseudoscaeva diversifasciata - male Blue & Gold Syrphid in California - Pseudoscaeva diversifasciata - male Blue & Gold Syrphid in California - Pseudoscaeva diversifasciata - male

Moved

 
Subgenus?
I thought that Pseudoscaeva was a subgenus of Ocyptamus. At least this is what I see on Encyclopedia of Life. Has it changed recently? Should we add that to the info page?

 
Yes, the following paper sugg
Yes, the following paper suggested these changes:

Miranda, G.F.G, Young, A.D., Locke, M.M., Marshall, S.A., Skevington, J.H., Thompson, F.C. 2013. Key to the Genera of Nearctic Syrphidae. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification No. 23, 23 August, 2013. Available online at http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/bsc/ejournal/mylmst_23/mylmst_23.html. doi: 10.3752/cjai.2013.23

Cheers
Martin

 
Thanks
I figured that there was an explanation. Should we delete the old page?

 
yeah, I do not know how to de
yeah, I do not know how to delete the old one... if you can, that would be great!

 
Done
Done

Harsi -
was about to shut down my computer when I saw your e-mail.
My immediate thought were back to Keystone Canyon where I first saw this fly (Ocyptamus diversifasciatus - see Martin Hauser's comments here: 1). The abdominal banding is so characteristic.

Very pretty
I think I just shot the same species fly. (BTW, yours is a male.)


 
It does look similar...
Hopefully we can get them both a positive ID!

Thanks for the gender reminder. Oh, and BTW, yours is a female. (*smirk*) I went ahead and updated it for you. Can't believe we both neglected to do that...

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