pe-taxon #32 (Peru)

pe-taxon #32 (Peru)
This is a lovely little taxon, with matt-black ground colour and bright pale-grey bands of dusting on the thorax and abdomen. It fails to achieve a convincing result in MCAD.

fg-taxon #71

fg-taxon #71
This is an interesting pair of specimens, both with short ‘tails’ and an ovipositor. Apologies for the poor quality of the photos but the specimens are very small and not suited to my simple camera set-up:

pe-taxon #27

pe-taxon #27
This tiny little tachinid (2mm) has very unusual wings – very wide, like Phasia spp., with mottling around the SC vein, but it clearly isn’t a phasiine.

pe-taxon #11 (not Stenodexia sp.)

pe-taxon #11 (not Stenodexia sp.)
This is a really unusual tachinid with its mottled wings, shiny black body and long, curved piercing organ. EDIT (05/11/2010): This was originally keyed tentatively to Stenodexia but I was not 100% convinced. Monty has since said that this is definitely NOT Stenodexia after all … so back to the drawing board! 😉

Second batch of flies arrives!!

I have just received the second, long awaited batch of flies from Jean Cerda in French Guiana. Six tubes of mixed familes, all collected between October 2008 and March 2009 in Jean’s Malaise trap. At first glance they are not a lot of tachinids but there are some very interesting taxa that I haven’t seen ...

fg-taxon #70

fg-taxon #70
A large brown taxon with: plumose antennae; bare eyes; slightly protruding mouth edge; brown thorax and abdomen with ornge side patches; wing with rounded bend in median vein and an unusual costal shading pattern – orange in the proximal half; brown in the distal half; legs with an interesting colour pattern too – orange coxae ...

fg-taxon #68

fg-taxon #68
A small dark taxon with plumose arista and hairy eyes; facial ridges with varying numbers of bristles – females with much weaker bristles than males; pre-sutural area dusted but hardly any dusting post-suturally; eyes of male almost touching; bend of m closer to wing margin than rest of the post-angular vein; 3 scutellar pairs – ...

fg-taxon #64

(pictures to follow) This is another small black & grey-dusted species but with a few quite distictive features: hairy arista; bare eyes; strong facial-ridge bristles between 2/5 and 1/2 of the way up from the vibrissae to the base of the antennae; ocellar triangle is a short/compressed isosceles triangle; small diverging apical scutellars; excavation only ...

fg-taxon #55 (unknown dexiine)

fg-taxon #55 (unknown dexiine)
This is a nice little brightly-marked taxon with bright orange abdominal side patches, contrasting with a dark black body colour; shaded wings; small orange antenna with a plumose arista; and quite a deep gena. Unfortunately my only specimen is not in the best of condition. EDIT (Monty Wood 26/9/2010): This is an unknown genus in ...

fg-taxon #26

fg-taxon #26
This is an elegant, slim tachinid – at first appearing very average but on closer inspection quite distinctive.

fg-taxon #12 (completely unknown)

fg-taxon #12 (completely unknown)
This is a really unusual small tachinid with mottled wings and unusual venation. EDIT (Monty Wood 26/9/2010): This is a really unusual fly and not one that Monty could place – even in a subfamily – so it remains unidentified.