Daetaleus cf. purpureus (French Guiana & Peru)

Daetaleus cf. purpureus (French Guiana & Peru)
While examining what I thought was a Peruvian Mesembrinella (Calliphoridae, Mesembrinellinae) I realized that I was in fact looking at a tachinid – with a normal metathoracic spiracle and no pale hairs under the scutellum. Then when I examined my trap of Mesembrinella I found 2 more from French Guiana. They key out to Scotiptera (Dexinae) and ...

Scotiptera cf. venatoria (fg-taxon #7) 1

Scotiptera cf. venatoria (fg-taxon #7)
The fly was bought for a few francs from a butterfly collector in Cacao and it came without any data but with the assurance that it was collected locally. The specimen was badly greased and at first appeared black but after a bath in ethyl acetate the true colours were revealed. The photo doesn’t really ...