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Shiny Green Monster (abdominal extension) - Lucilia - female

Shiny Green Monster (abdominal extension) - Lucilia - Female
Tonopah Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
May 30, 2015
Size: 7.5mm
In this view, we can see a small appendage extending from the tip of the abdomen. This small and tiered structure is her postabdomen or Female terminalia. (compare to the previous image) Thanks for confirming this John!
There is a drawing of these female parts, (of a related genus) in the key, but this was the first time that I had seen the living structure, in this family. Otherwise, I wouldn't have included these dim images.
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Images of this individual: tag all
Shiny Green Monster (dorsal) - Lucilia - female Shiny Green Monster (face) - Lucilia - female Shiny Green Monster (ventral) - Lucilia - female Shiny Green Monster (lateral) - Lucilia - female Shiny Green Monster (mouthparts) - Lucilia - female Shiny Green Monster (thorax hairs) - Lucilia - female Shiny Green Monster (without extension) - Lucilia - female Shiny Green Monster (abdominal extension) - Lucilia - female Shiny Green Monster (abdomen rear) - Lucilia - female

Postabdomen
See Manual of Nearctic Diptera page 38, paragraphs under "Female terminalia".

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