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 ...

Some West Malaysian tachinids

Some West Malaysian tachinids
Many years ago Professor Donald Quicke gave me some malaise trap samples from a project he was running in the Cameron Highlands of West Malaysia. The specimens have languished in boxes for ages but just recently I have started to work on them using Crosskey (1976). The key works fairly well but there are quite ...

Another fantastic parcel from Eric & Martin 3

Another fantastic parcel from Eric & Martin
Today my postman huffed & puffed his way up the driveway with another box of specimens from Eric Fisher & Martin Hauser. My parcel wasn’t really all that heavy but I think the postie liked to make a point … he was feeling over-worked trying to get parcels to everyone before Easter 😉 Inside was ...

More Finnish tachinids

More Finnish tachinids
I received a really interesting parcel of tachinids a month ago from Jaakko Pohjoismäki – species that are uncommon/unknown here but that are common in Finland. Jaakko had let me know the names of most specimens but today I decided to work through them and just make sure that I could come to the same ...

Portuguese Diptera & Hymenoptera galore!

Portuguese Diptera & Hymenoptera galore!
This weekend I have been mainly sorting over another great batch of tachinids (plus a few interesting Hymenoptera) from Jorge Almeida. There was a mixture of 100+ malaise trapped insects plus a few pinned specialities, such as Cinochira atra, Carcelia tibialis, Clairvillia biguttata, Estheria picta, Peleteria cf. rubescens, Zeuxia zernyi etc. I have done a ...

Pennapoda sp. ??? (pe-taxon #30)

Pennapoda sp. ??? (pe-taxon #30)
This little phasiine is undoubtably a member of the Trichopodini, from the leaf-like bracts along the hind tibiae. This is very similar to some of the taxa from French Guiana – namely fg-taxon #8 #9 & #43. EDIT (04/10/2010): This keys quite comfortably to Homogenia sp. but it is much smaller than the other Homogenia ...

Souzalopesmyia sp. (Muscidae, pe-taxon #29) 1

Souzalopesmyia sp. (Muscidae, pe-taxon #29)
This is a very unusual (dexiine?) tachinid with plumose aristae, deep gena, tiny calyptrae & a straight median vein. See also pe-taxon #10 – a very similar tachinid with a brown body colour. EDIT (09/10/2010): After showing this to Adrian Pont he thinks that they most resemble muscids but will do further research and report ...

Ebenia sp. (pe-taxon #28)

Ebenia sp. (pe-taxon #28)
This is a small, black tachinid with plumose antennae, suggesting Dexiinae. These are photos of both the male and the female. EDIT (04/10/2010): This keys very confidently to Ebenia and looks very similar to one identified by Monty. This genus has been reared from chrysomelid beetles.

pe-taxon #27

pe-taxon #27
This tiny little tachinid (2mm) has very unusual wings – very wide, like Phasia spp., with mottling around the SC vein, but it clearly isn’t a phasiine.

Phytomyptera sp. (pe-taxon #26)

Phytomyptera sp. (pe-taxon #26)
This is a very small (3-4mm) tachinid with nothing particularly exceptional about it but it does have a very distinctive, long second arista segment, rather like Triarthria sp. EDIT (04/10/2010): This keys very confidently to Phytomyptera sp.

Pelecotheca (Cryptocladocera) sp. male (pe-taxon #25)

Pelecotheca (Cryptocladocera) sp. male (pe-taxon #25)
This is the only Cryptocladocera in the peruvian sample and it looks very like the ones from French Guiana – fg-taxon #04.

Archytas aurifrons, Townsend (pe-taxon #24)

Archytas aurifrons, Townsend (pe-taxon #24)
This is another tachinine tachinid with a slightly variable abdomenal patternation but there and many fundamental similarities between the 2 featured specimens – taking into consideration that one is male and the other is female. This taxon is very similar to fg-taxon #80. EDIT (6/8/2011): After a visit to the BMNH I believe this to ...