Leskia sp. (French Guiana & Ecuador)

Leskia sp. (French Guiana & Ecuador)
Leskia is a diverse and quite common genus. Determinations by Monty Wood.

Masiphya sp. (Ecuador)

Masiphya sp. (Ecuador)
This is a pair of Masiphya sp. – mantid parasitoids:

Jurinella sp. (Costa Rica & Ecuador)

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

Argyrophylax sp. (Ecuador)

Argyrophylax sp. (Ecuador)
Determination 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 ...

Euglossine bees 2

Euglossine bees
I have just been working through some euglossine bees that I obtained over the years from various sources – French Guiana (myself & Philip Soler) and Ecuador (Andrew Neild). With a little bit of keying (Mitchener’s “Bees of the World” & Lynn Kimsey’s key to the genus Exaerete) I discovered that they broke down to: ...

Xanthoepalpus bicolor (Nearctic) & Epalpus (Oxyepalpus) flavoscutellatus (Ecuador)

Xanthoepalpus bicolor (Nearctic) & Epalpus (Oxyepalpus) flavoscutellatus (Ecuador)
This is an interesting “pair” of very similar-looking tachinids. One is Xanthoepalpus bicolor, a very distinctive species from the southern United States (this one is from Greenlee County, AZ). The other was collected in Ecuador (Napo, Rio Hollin, 1350m ASL) by Andrew Neild. There are no keys to this part of the world but after ...

Adejeania vexatrix (Nearctic) & look-alikes from Ecuador & Argentina 2

Adejeania vexatrix (Nearctic) & look-alikes from Ecuador & Argentina
Here is an absolute beauty that goes by the name of Adejeania vexatrix – note the extremely long palps protruding forwards and the long proboscis, in this specimen held under the body. The second specimen was taken in Ecuador (Napo, Rio Hollin, 1350m ASL) by Andrew Neild. This compares very favourably to specimens of Adejeania ...