Jurinia notata, Bigot (Bolivia)

Jurinia notata, Bigot (Bolivia)
In this post I showed a Jurinia sp. from Bolivia, determined by Monty Wood. During a visit to the BMNH I discovered a species called Jurinia notata, Bigot (holotype in the collection). Here are some photos of the BMNH material, including the holotype (sadly not in good condition) and an additional specimen. * specimen photos ...

Atactosturmia/Leschenaultia/Lespesia sp. ??? (Bolivia)

Atactosturmia/Leschenaultia/Lespesia sp. ??? (Bolivia)
This specimen is proving to be a real problem – it keys to Atactosturmia because it has 3 rows of small hairs outside the vibrissa and a bristle-comb on the hind tibia (amongst other things). But Monty things that it looks more like Leschenaultia or a black Lespesia, which only have 1 row of hairs outside ...

Xanthophyto sp. (Bolivia)

Xanthophyto sp. (Bolivia)
This is quite a distinctive genus – with the shaded rm. It belongs to the tribe Nemoraeini. Determination initially by me – confirmed by Monty Wood.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Some Argentinian, Bolivian & Costa Rican tachinids 1

Some Argentinian, Bolivian & Costa Rican tachinids
A few of the more dramatic specimens from the neotropics a sample kindly donated by Martin Hauser 🙂  Identifications were derrived by comparing ot material in the NHM collections, London. EDIT (6/8/2011): I have just spotted that Monty Wood has demoted Trichosaundersia Townsend to a synonym of Epalpus – so have amended this article accordingly.