Eurithia – female sternite 6

These are some figures from Tschorsnig & Herting (1994), showing the sternite 6 of some female Eurithia spp.:

A – Eurithia consobrina (furrow along entire length)

B – Eurithia connivens (furrow on only anterior half)

C – Eurithia vivida & intermedia (anterior indentation)

Unfigured (sternite domed) – Eurithia caesia & anthophila (slightly)

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Some name changes

Belshaw’s 1993 handbook was a great improvement over the nomenclature used in van Emden but since then many of the names have changed. This is pretty boring stuff, so I apologise in advance, but here are the changes and explanations, as far as I know them:

Timavia Robineau-Desvoidy 1863 is a junior synonym of Smidtia […]

Panzeria, Eurithia, Appendicia & Fausta male genitalia

This is a reprint of the genitalia figures from van Emden’s 1957 handbook – out of print for many years. I find them quite useful for double-checking males – if I get good feedback then I might turn this into a larger article.

For reference the key to this diagram is:

P – Panzeria […]

A typical tachinid wing

This is a photograph of a Tachina grossa wing, annotated to show the commonest features that are used in the keys:

I always orient myself by looking for the smallest vertical vein called r-m, the little one in the middle – it links the last true radial vein (r4+5) to the median. The median vein […]