Calolydella geminata complex (Costa Rica)

Calolydella geminata complex (Costa Rica)
Adrian Pont gave me this rather beautiful Costa Rican tachinid recently and it instantly reminded me of the Eucelatoria sp. that I had been working on from Bolivia and French Guiana. The deep matt velvety black contrasting with the yellow dusting stripes, combined with the elongate body and legs are all quite distinctive features. When ...

Zelia sp. (French Guiana & Costa Rica)

Zelia sp. (French Guiana & Costa Rica)
This is a huge genus containing many superficially dissimilar species. Determination by Monty Wood.

Oestrophasia sp. (Costa Rica)

Oestrophasia sp. (Costa Rica)
Determination 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.

Jurinella sp. (Costa Rica & Ecuador)

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

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 ...

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.