Phytomyptera sp. (French Guiana)

Phytomyptera sp. (French Guiana)
Det: Monty Wood, 2010.

Houghia sp. (French Guiana)

Houghia sp. (French Guiana)
Here are a few more Carcelia-like tachinids but this time belonging to the genus Houghia, which lacks the tuft of hairs on the hind coxa: Det: Monty Wood, 2010.

Hypotachina chrysophora (French Guiana)

Hypotachina chrysophora (French Guiana)
Det: Monty Wood, 2010.

Ervia sp. (French Guiana)

Ervia sp. (French Guiana)
Det: Monty Wood, 2010.

Crocinosoma sp. (French Guiana)

Crocinosoma sp. (French Guiana)
Det: Monty Wood, 2010.

What a difference a day makes … 2

What a difference a day makes ...
Here I just wanted to show you how Chrysoexorista spp. loose their colour almost over night. This first photos show how the Chrysoexorista looked a few hours after it had been removed from the malaise trap alcohol and the last 3 show how it looks now:

Carcelia sp. (x2) (French Guiana)

Carcelia sp. (x2) (French Guiana)
The genus Carcelia seems to be fairly ubiquitous around the world. The presence of the extremely deep eyes and very narrow strip of gena (the eye is at least 11x bigger than the gena) and the presence of a tuft of small hairs on the hind coxa is very distinctive. In the following photos the ...

a genus close to Borgmeiermyia (French Guiana)

a genus close to Borgmeiermyia (French Guiana)
Det: Monty Wood, 2010

Anisia sp. (French Guiana)

Anisia sp. (French Guiana)
This genus is primarily a parasitoid of orthopterans. Det: Monty Wood, 2010.

Xanthomelanodes sp. (French Guiana)

Xanthomelanodes sp. (French Guiana)
One of the commonest phasiine genera – note the strong divergent lateral scutellars. Determination by Monty Wood.

Winthemia sp. (French Guiana)

Winthemia sp. (French Guiana)
Apparently Winthemia are pretty much the same the world over – 2 katepisternals with hairy parafacials. Determination by Monty Wood.

Zelia sp. (French Guiana & Costa Rica)

Zelia sp. (French Guiana & Costa Rica)
This is a huge genus containing many superficially dissimilar species. Determination by Monty Wood.

Thelairodoria (French Guiana)

Thelairodoria (French Guiana)
Determination by Monty Wood.

Uramya (French Guiana)

Uramya (French Guiana)
Uramya is one of the genera where the males have very long ‘tails’ … sadly this is a female! Determination by Monty Wood.

Neomintho macilenta (French Guiana)

Neomintho macilenta (French Guiana)
This genus is related to the multi-fissicorn genera, like Cryptocladocera & Cerotachina (all members of the Neominthoini but most do not have multi-fissicorn antennae) . This species is distinguished by having a completely black T5. Determination by Monty Wood.

Pennapoda & Xanthomelanodes sp. (French Guiana & Bolivia)

Pennapoda & Xanthomelanodes sp. (French Guiana & Bolivia)
Pennapoda & Xanthomelanodes are very commonly caught genera – being part of a group of very similar phasiine genera with shaded a costa and often with orange abdominal patches. Pennapoda closely related to the genus Trichopoda and both have leaf-like antero-dorsal bristles on the hind tibia, to a greater or lesser extent. Determination by Monty ...

Leskia sp. (French Guiana & Ecuador)

Leskia sp. (French Guiana & Ecuador)
Leskia is a diverse and quite common genus. Determinations by Monty Wood.

Moreiria maura (French Guiana)

Moreiria maura (French Guiana)
This is quite distinctive little species – similar to Leschenaultia but different. Determination by Monty Wood.

Gonia crassicornis (French Guiana)

Gonia crassicornis (French Guiana)
This is apparently a common species around the Caribbean. Determination by Monty Wood.

Jurinia notata & Jurinia sp. (French Guiana & Bolivia)

Jurinia notata & Jurinia sp. (French Guiana & Bolivia)
Determinations by Monty Wood. EDIT (6/8/2011): After a trip to the BMNH I now believe that the first specimen is probably Jurinia notata.