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1. Metasphenisca negeviana (Freidberg, 1974)

1. Metasphenisca negeviana (Freidberg, 1974)

Green Mubazzarah, Al Ain, UAE

ID by Bernhard Merz
Département d'Entomologie, Muséum d'histoire naturelle
Genève, Switzerland

This species "..described from Israel".. "later recorded Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen." Merz 2011 (in Van Harten (ed): Arthropod Fauna of the UAE Vol. 4)

"M. negeviana is a species that breeds in flowers of Blepharis (Acanthaceae) and is fairly common on its host, at least in Israel." B Merz

1st photo in UAE

Nikon D3
1/640s f/4.0 at 185.0mm iso200 full exif

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