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Tachinid - Xanthomelanodes arcuatus

Tachinid - Xanthomelanodes arcuatus
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
June 30, 2005
Size: 5mm


Moved from Xanthomelanodes.

Tachinidae: Xanthomelanodes arcuatus
Tachinidae: Xanthomelanodes arcuatus

Tachinidae: Xanthomelanodes s
Tachinidae: Xanthomelanodes sp.

No feathers
It doesn't have feathered legs, which means that it is not a Trichopoda. I'll have to move it back to family level, until we get a better ID.

Xanthomelanodes at Insects of Cedar Creek looks close.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

These guys are tough
The only picture on the web is the Cedar Creek one. It gives a side view, opposed to the dorsal shot I have. I can't decide for sure. The wings, the overall color, and the eyes are right, but I'm not sure about the abdomen shape, and there are yellow shoulder stripes.
I want to say yes, because it's nice to get a name on my pictures, and I know you've been doing lots of homework. Your knowledge of insects is far greater than mine, so if you believe this is a Xanthomelanodes species, I'll put it there if you tell me I should.

Just looking at patterns!
I'm just making a pattern match based on my guess that this is in the same subfamily at Trichopoda! I perhaps do see a hint of shoulder stripes on the Cedar Creek image--might be fading on a sepcimen. The wing veins sure look the same, but that might just indicate the same family or subfamily, which we may know already. It's hard to say. There's got to be some tachinid expert or other fly person around who will recognize this--brightly colored and apparently fairly widespread.

I've no formal training in entomology. I've just looked at a lot of pictures! Sometimes my pattern matches go hilariously astray, and I've learned to look at anatomy as best I can before speculating.

I've got to look for these and related flies--I have probably passed off a few as Trichopoda.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

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