Masiphya sp. (Ecuador)

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

pe-taxon #18

pe-taxon #18
This is an interesting taxon with a very distinctive, dark patch of bristles on the underside of tergites 4 & 5 – rather like a broad Sturmia-spot. EDIT (09/10/2010): This vaguely resembles a Masiphya, with its Sturmia-spot and a few other bristle arrangements – but it has to many differences for me to place it more ...

Masiphya sp. male ??? (pe-taxon #17)

Masiphya sp. male ??? (pe-taxon #17)
This is a fairly typical tachinid but has been extracted from the others by a similar trait for a flattened abdomen with very distinctive male genitalia, clearly visible underneath. EDIT (Monty Wood 26/9/2010): These are all clearly Masiphya sp. males, with the very characteristic male genitalia and pale Sturmia-spot. This taxon is slightly unusual in ...

Masiphya sp. (pe-taxon #02)

Masiphya sp. (pe-taxon #02)
This is a really interesting taxon group (genus?) where the males have very Sarcophaga-like genitalia – quite large, orange and hooked under the abdomen. They also seem to have a tuft of yellow hairs, like a Sturmia-spot, on the ventral side of tergite 5. EDIT (Monty Wood, 26/9/2010): This is a group of quite unusual ...

fg-taxon #89 (Masiphya sp. – male)

fg-taxon #89 (Masiphya sp. - male)
A really unusual medium-sized tachinid with large curved-under genitalia. In addition to that it has widely separated T1+2 marginals, a projecting mouth edge, 2 katepisternals, quite short antennae & a small ‘Sturmia-spot’. EDIT (Monty Wood 26/9/2010): This is a male Masiphya sp. – a genus with highly distinctive male genitalia and (usually) with vibrissae high ...