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Ecce Sphyracephala europaea!!!
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Hi, I was in Szeged, South-Hungary on Friday and today, and I had time this morning to go to the river bank of Maros, where the very first Sphyracephala europaea, the first Diopsid in Europe was found. I started walking there from the city center at 9, and spent loooong hours with searching. The river bank is really steep, and full of mud of course. Every kind of thorny plants are found there to disencourage photographersSmile After a long search, I found this beauty sitting on a leaf of Rubus, just 2-3 ms away from the river. This was at 2 PM, so it was really time consuming, but it was worth it of course! This is a really nice fly. I show pictures of the habitat also. A biologist wrote about his fly that he saw once about 10 000 specimens on a tree which was floating in the river...
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Congratulations! Grin Looks like your hard work was repaid in full Smile
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10 000 specimens on a tree??? The guy saw paradiseShock
 
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Rui Andrade wrote:
10 000 specimens on a tree??? The guy saw paradiseShock


Who would have thought paradise is that muddy Smile
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I know, isn't it usual to hear that mud is nice for the skin? That makes it two reasons to get in the mudGrin.
 
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If You're in a boat the mud does not matter Smile Maybe next year I'll be able to make videos Smile
 
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congrats.
 
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It's not a nice fly. It's very ugly.. But then again, you don't tell a mother her baby is ugly, you tell her it's sweet.
This fly is veeeeeeeery sweet GrinPfft
 
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It IS a nice fly. So there! Wink
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Nice pictures, Pwalter! Did you only see one single specimen on the whole trip?? Hans
 
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cavex wrote:
Nice pictures, Pwalter! Did you only see one single specimen on the whole trip?? Hans


Yea, only one! September is not the best month to find it. Nikola Rahmé, who is also active in diptera.info, saw more, here's a link.

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Thank you Walter, I'm thinking about visiting the site one day, I'm writing a small publication about European fossil Diopsidae now. Hans
 
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