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Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2019 22:08
by Alex
Had a great trip to Armenia this summer, lots of species and specimens. Also gave me the opportunity to photograph live specimens of some species (and species groups/genera) which I dont think has ever been imaged live before.

These should be the first live shots (at least to my knowledge) of a Pentachrysis sp., probably both P. seminigra? However Linsenmaier mentions more species, but the distinguishing characters all seem relative, so without anything else to compare with I don't dare giving them a proper ID.
Haven't actually imaged the mounted specimens yet, I guess that will be needed for ID's ?

First specimen, female:





Re: Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2019 22:30
by Alex
second specimen, also female:





Re: Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 29 Nov 2019 23:30
by Alex
And should be the male of the species:




Re: Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 30 Nov 2019 00:11
by Euchroeus
:wohow: :wohow: :wow:

Wow, absolutely great! Congratulations Alex for your superb pictures!

I recently borrowed some specimens from different museums to ID the Armenian specimens (as well as those from bordering countries) because the identification of the few species of this genus is unclear.
For the moment, you can keep the name P. seminigra, then we will see. Also Lukas collected several specimens and hopefully we will find an answer.

Did you also collect P. zharptitza and P. amoena in Armenia?

Ciao!

Re: Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 30 Nov 2019 00:39
by Alex
Thank you :)
I collected what I think is P. zharptitza, only females, but no P. amoena I suspect. Got some pictures of those too, I'll post them some time!

Here's a species I'm more confident in my ID, Holopyga mlokosiewitzi:




Re: Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 30 Nov 2019 14:09
by Paul
Really nice, congrats! :ok:

Re: Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 01 Dec 2019 23:15
by Euchroeus
Holopyga mlokosiewitzi

fantastic species!

:beer:

Re: Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 15 Jan 2020 22:07
by Alex
Found a good match for this specimens in Paolo's article on Radoszkowski's types, Chrysis eldari (Radoszkowski, 1893), a quite uniquely (at least in my limited experience) coloured beast!
I wonder if the black reflects light in the UV range...










Re: Armenian Chrysididae 2019

PostPosted: 23 Jan 2020 23:01
by Euchroeus
Hi Alex!

You're simply Great!!

:beer: