Xanthomelanodes sp. (French Guiana)

Xanthomelanodes sp. (French Guiana)
One of the commonest phasiine genera – note the strong divergent lateral scutellars. Determination by Monty Wood.

Pennapoda & Xanthomelanodes sp. (French Guiana & Bolivia)

Pennapoda & Xanthomelanodes sp. (French Guiana & Bolivia)
Pennapoda & Xanthomelanodes are very commonly caught genera – being part of a group of very similar phasiine genera with shaded a costa and often with orange abdominal patches. Pennapoda closely related to the genus Trichopoda and both have leaf-like antero-dorsal bristles on the hind tibia, to a greater or lesser extent. Determination by Monty ...

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 ...

possibly Xanthomelanodes (pe-taxon #05)

possibly Xanthomelanodes (pe-taxon #05)
Another really nice phasiine – quite large (8-10mm) – with very beautiful contrasting body & wing coloration. EDIT (04/10/2010): This keys to Xanthomelanodes but I am not really confident about it – but I can’t think what else it can be so that’s what it is for now 🙂

fg-taxon #8 (Xanthomelanodes & Pennapoda sp.) 1

fg-taxon #8 (Xanthomelanodes & Pennapoda sp.)
This “taxon” is actually probably 5 taxa but they share very similar superficial morphology – they are almost certainly phasiines and they have the typical chololate-coloured body with paler markings; a deeply shaded wing costa; and a large head with large eyes. Specimen #79 (8a) is shown here (Xanthomalanodes sp.): Specimen #351 (8b) is shown ...