Thread subject: :: Small blue Calliphorid -> Melinda cf. gentilis

Posted by Axel D on 03-11-2022 15:01


Yesterday I took some pictures of a small blue Calliphorid in a clearing in a park. I'm not completely sure of the genus but I think Melinda is the best possibility. Do you confirm ? If OK, it would be the first time I had seen a fly of this genus.
For the species, I think it's closer to M. gentilis but I'm not sure at all. I think eyes are quite close and I have the impression that there is an ia just before the suture (at least on the left) but my pictures may lack definition to be sure. And I find males of Melinda viridicyanea less "rounded" than my fly. What's your opinion about it ?

Found in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
On the 2nd of November 2022
Body length : around 5-6 mm

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Edited by Axel D on 18-03-2023 17:20