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Tachinid, no, make that Sarcophagidae, from French Guiana
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Posted on 28-01-2012 16:54
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Tachinidae, right? Showed up at lights, 31 May 2011, Montagne de Kaw, French Guiana.

Thanks for any ID help!
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Does it not have a touch of Sarcophagidae, to you? The post-humeral/pre-sutural bristles seem to have the right relationship.
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Looks like a sarcophagid to me too ... 3 black stripes on the thorax, red eyes and an elongate R5 cell usually hint at Sarcophagidae Smile
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Thank-you, Chris, Jason. I started out thinking Muscoidea and then that little "coronet" of bristles at the insect's rear began to steer me the other way. I thought that sharp bend of the vein. toward the rear of the wing, looked Tachinid-like too. Thanks for setting me straight! I'll chage the title.
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If you were to look at just the abdomen then it has a touch of certain Anthomyiidae too! To me, there was something rather Sarcophagid about the laterally-bulging eyes for a female, and the way the frontalia extends longitudinally to that degree beyond the anterior-margin of the eyes.

That said, to arrive at the Sarcophagidae family for it I observed the more well-known pointers!
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