Phasia sp. (Brazil & Bolivia)

Phasia sp. (Brazil & Bolivia)
Determinations by Monty Wood.

Phyllophilopsis sp. (Panama)

Phyllophilopsis sp. (Panama)
Determination by Monty Wood.

Leskia sp. (French Guiana & Ecuador)

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

Macromya depressa (Costa-Rica)

Macromya depressa (Costa-Rica)
This is a large and very striking fly – Monty Wood has confirmed the genus ID and I made the ID to species.

Masiphya sp. (Ecuador)

Masiphya sp. (Ecuador)
This is a pair of Masiphya sp. – mantid parasitoids:

Moreiria maura (French Guiana)

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

Myiopharus cf. nigrita (Bolivia)

Myiopharus cf. nigrita (Bolivia)
This is a really lovely little woolly species with silver face and pale grey abdominal dusting. 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.

Jurinella sp. (Costa Rica & Ecuador)

Jurinella sp. (Costa Rica & Ecuador)
Determination by myself & 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.

Epalpus sp. (Bolivia)

Epalpus sp. (Bolivia)
Determination by myself & Monty Wood.

Eucelatoria sp. (Bolivia, French Guiana)

Eucelatoria sp. (Bolivia, French Guiana)
This is a very distinctively marked genus. Determinations by Monty Wood.

Copecrypta (Bolivia, French Guiana)

Copecrypta (Bolivia, French Guiana)
These 2 flies are either Copecrypta or a genus very close to it.

Chlorohystricia sp. (Costa Rica)

Chlorohystricia sp. (Costa Rica)
This beautiful fly was given to me by John & Barbara Ismay who caught a few while in Monteverde, Costa Rica, after the 2010 International Diptera Congress. This genus belongs to a very unusual tribe (the Polideini) that look very similar to the Tachinini but that have a very distinctive metathoracic spiracle – made up ...

Chrysoexorista sp. (Bolivia & Brazil)

Chrysoexorista sp. (Bolivia & Brazil)
This genus is one of my favourites, but from the rather drab greasy-looking colouration you might be forgiven for wondering why? However, their gorgeous metallic green colours only show in life or when freshly removed from alcohol – but when they have dried out the colours are all lost and all that is left is ...

Chrysotachina sp. (French Guiana)

Chrysotachina sp. (French Guiana)
Chrysotachina is a very distinctive genus of metallic coloured tachinids. They are not common but they do come up in samples quite regularly. They have been reared from Hesperidae. Determination by Monty Wood:

Calodexia sp. (Ecuador)

Calodexia sp. (Ecuador)
This Calodexia came from a batch of flies kindly sent to me by Eric Fisher. Monty says that Calodexia are cockroach parasitoids and their oviposition technique may explain the strange down-pointing ovipositor:

Chetogena sp. (French Guiana)

Chetogena sp. (French Guiana)
This is another familiar genus from the Palearctic and North America and these 2 specimens show some extremes of size and morphology – it is quite a diverse genus. Determined by Monty Wood.

Blepharipa sp. (Brazil)

Blepharipa sp. (Brazil)
Blepharipa is a familiar genus of palearctic flies to me, as I am sent them occasionally from European material. But it was quite a surprise to hear Monty say that I had a South American Blepharipa … different species of course (and unknown so far) but the same genus, nonetheless.

Belvosia sp. (including Triacora sp.)

Belvosia sp. (including Triacora sp.)
This is a selection of Belvosia spp. but also including the very closely related Tricora, which is probably a subgenus: Determinations by Monty Wood.