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What is this fly? - Microdon fulgens

What is this fly? - Microdon fulgens
Mission/National Butterfly Center, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
August 29, 2011
Size: +/- 1/2"
Took this gorgeous fly while at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX. The butterfly park is an open air park that is located right on the US/Mexico border. They do not release captive species in the park.

Does he know any of the other Microdon?
We have seven identified to species, but 75 stuck on the genus page.

Moved
Moved from Microdon.

This is what Menno Reemer ema
This is what Menno Reemer emailed me:
In N-America all Microdons looking like this are called M. fulgens Wiedemann. I suspect it's a species complex (for which a few names are already available), but that should be worked out carefully.
They belong to the subgenus Chymophila, which is recognizable by the shape of vein M1 (with outward angle, anteriorly recurrent).

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Wild guess alert...
Maybe something in/near Microdon?



The experts will let you know if I'm anywhere close. :)

 
Very close. It is a Microdon,
Very close. It is a Microdon, and I have seen these big metallic ones from AZ and NM, I just informed some specialists of this group, so we might get a species name soon...

 
Wild guess alert
I think you are on to something. Looked under Microdons and cannot find anything with this coloring. Hopefully someone can tell me more. Thanks so much!

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