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.

Argyrophylax sp. (Ecuador)

Argyrophylax sp. (Ecuador)
Determination by Monty Wood:

Atacta sp. (French Guiana)

Atacta sp. (French Guiana)
This genus is one of my favourites – related to Belvosia but smaller and brighter in colouration. Determination by Monty Wood:

Archytas (French Guiana & Brazil)

Archytas (French Guiana & Brazil)
The following is a selection of Archytas sp. from both French Guiana and Brazil showing some of the immense diversity of this genus. Despite their huge variability Archytas spp. usually have a characteristic change in colouration between tergites 1-4 and tergite 5 – the whole abdomen is shiny but tergites 1-4 have a faint, pale ...

Anisia sp. (Jamaica)

Anisia sp. (Jamaica)
Many years ago Tony Harman gave me some tachinids that he had reared from a phasimid called Anisomorpha that had been collected from Jamaica. They ‘rested’ in my collection for a number of years until Monty Wood was able to identify them as being Anisia sp. – parasitoids of orthopterans, so the host would be ...

Actinochaeta sp. (Brazil)

Actinochaeta sp. (Brazil)
This lovely little Mintho-type fly was collected in Rondania, Brazil by Eric Fisher and was determined by Monty Wood:

Monty Wood’s neotropical workshop

Monty Wood's neotropical workshop
This weekend has been a real treat for me and I have learned so much. All due to the visit of Monty Wood, who took some time off working at the BMNH to visit me and work on my neotropical material. Monty has been identifying huge numbers of specimens and passing on as much of his ...

A new Estheria sp. 1

A new Estheria sp.
Recently I sent a parcel of difficult tachinids to Peter Tschorsnig and he returned them a few weeks ago, with his identifications. One really interesting result was that a tachinid sent to me by Jorge Almeida (caught Serra da Estrela, Portugal; VII.2009) that I had previously determined as E.picta was actually an example of a ...

Tachinids from the Caucasus and Ural regions

Tachinids from the Caucasus and Ural regions
While on a flying visit to the Moscow University Zoological Museum, Andrey Ozerov kindly let me take a number of their indet. tachinids on loan. The regions covered include the Caucasus, Urals and a few other areas – places which are seldom collected by workers living outside Russia, so it looked like it might yield ...

Mont Itoupé samples

Mont Itoupé samples
I have just received a really exciting batch of Diptera from Mont Itoupé, French Guiana. This batch comes courtesy of the Parc Amazonien de Guyane and was collected by Stéphane Brule and his colleagues at Société Entomologique Antilles-Guyane (S.E.A.G.). Stéphane also included a few samples that he collected in the northern regions, which come with ...