Quadratosoma sp. (Bolivia)

Quadratosoma sp. (Bolivia)
This is one of my favourites from the batch of Bolivian tachinids that Martin Hauser kindly gave me earlier in the year. Determined by me and confirmed 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.

Oestrophasia sp. (Costa Rica)

Oestrophasia sp. (Costa Rica)
Determination by Monty Wood.

Parepalpus sp. (Bolivia)

Parepalpus sp. (Bolivia)
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 ...

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 ...