Thread subject: Diptera.info :: ONE of the most amazing flies on the EARTH: Cephalodromia nitens Loew, 1846

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 27-07-2009 13:13
#1

Dear friends


I'm REALLY BAFFLED with this AMAZING and SPECTACULAR FLY!!!!!! I have found a new genus for Portugal. And soon I will make an article with Neal Evenhuis on this beauty! This is a Cephalodromia sp. that I saw yesterday in Serra da Estrela. This fly was almost the cause that I could broke my hand. Now it is better... but it was almost broken... the driving in montain was hard... :( But for this fly it is worthy!!!! Seee why :D I will add more photos later :D

:D :D :D :D :D

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Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 05-01-2010 20:43

Posted by ChrisR on 27-07-2009 13:29
#2

Congratulations on finding your new strange fly - looks like an odd kind of bird! :)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 27-07-2009 13:49
#3

ChrisR wrote:
Congratulations on finding your new strange fly - looks like an odd kind of bird! :)


Thanks, Chris!!! This is surely a beauty! ;) And, yes, it reminds to me the same!

Now another photo...

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 27-07-2009 13:59
#4

FREAKING AMAZING!!!!

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 27-07-2009 14:04
#5

ah.. I forgot to tell that this mythicomyiid measures 4 mm. A little bigger than the Empidideicus. :D

Posted by javanerkelens on 27-07-2009 15:04
#6

Indeed nice fly ! ...congratulations!

Joke :)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 27-07-2009 18:22
#7

thanks, Joke! I will add more photos yet! ;)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 27-07-2009 19:01
#8

also see the header of DI... it is precisely the same genus. ;)
That fly of the header was taken by Javier Gállego (javig here). :)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 28-07-2009 01:56
#9

I have news. This could be a C. cf. nitens but we must wait for more data. :)

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 29-07-2009 01:35
#10

first photo of the new series.... the other will come later with some details described and with some habitat photos.

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I suggest you see it bigger here:
http://www.flickr...5/sizes/o/
Enjoy!

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 29-07-2009 13:24
#11

well I will show you the other NEW photos. But I will show the best one for the final :D

Here the first photos:

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and the copula (female at the right)

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and for the last photo....

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 29-07-2009 13:26
#12

this should be seen in BIG SIZE.
HERE ---> http://www.flickr...2/sizes/o/ then press F11 for full screen. ;) Better seen in big monitors.. (over 20")

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Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 05-01-2010 21:28

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 30-07-2009 22:14
#13

this is a photo near from the habitat of this Cephalodromia cf. nitens.
Taken with the bridge camera.

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 30-07-2009 22:23
#14

this shows the place where I spotted the first Cephalodromia.
Photo taken with the bridge camera.

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 31-07-2009 00:16
#15

Well, today, myself and Andrade went to the Serra da Estrela and did manage to see about 50 Cephalodromia or so... Also Andrade made some videos that he will show us here. ;)
Now, I would like to see Platypygus and Glabellula :D

Posted by pwalter on 31-07-2009 00:28
#16

You're lucky, here in Hungrary there's only Apolysis szappanosi, and that is also so rare, that it was only recently discovered and named.

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 31-07-2009 00:36
#17

Apolysis is a bombyliid. Not a mythico... but it is spectacular as well! ;)
The antenna of Apolysis has a subapical sulcus in the last segment! :|

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 31-07-2009 00:37

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 02-08-2009 23:09
#18

this video was made by Andrade in the last Thursday... We saw over 100 Cephalodromia! :o

Here you can see a nice video on C. cf. nitens. Enjoy.


YouTube Video


and another one:

YouTube Video



with some nice sounds...

YouTube Video


and the last one:

YouTube Video

Posted by conopid on 03-08-2009 09:10
#19

Just fantastic! Good work Jorge.

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 03-08-2009 17:45
#20

thanks, Nigel.


Today I went to the same place... and found many Cephalodromia. This time almost I got one photo with Cephalodromia flying... I will show that photo in the last post. ;)
Now I will show some new photos I took today.

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 03-08-2009 17:46
#21

another... a male spying...

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 03-08-2009 17:48
#22

a bunch of Cephalodromia... crap photo.. just for showing the number of Cephalodromia we can see in Asteraceae flowers.

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 03-08-2009 17:49
#23

the relative size flower - Cephalodromia...

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 03-08-2009 17:50
#24

a curious way to feed on flower...

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 03-08-2009 17:51
#25

another... this photo shows the Cephalodromia feeding on polen grains :o :o

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 03-08-2009 17:52
#26

AND FINALLY A Cephalodromia flying at background :D Now it just lacks one photo showing perfectly the flight, but it is rather hard. :)

ENJOY!

Edited by jorgemotalmeida on 03-08-2009 18:11

Posted by jorgemotalmeida on 05-01-2010 20:38
#27

Finally confirmed by Evenhuis as a true Cephalodromia nitens.
The javig's Cephalodromia is very probable to be another nitens.

Posted by nielsyese on 05-01-2010 20:50
#28

Beautiful series!:)