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Tephritid flies mating on an Ox-eye Daisy plant.

Observed: 24th May 2012 By: grant burleighgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebratesgrant burleigh’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

I saw at least two mating pairs (three from memory) and unattached individuals, one waving its wings (trying to attract a mate visually? or a male distributing pheromone?. Whether volatiles from this plant have pheromone activity towards these flies is perhaps worth speculating on.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Tephritis neesii interacts

Comments

GrizzledBadger's picture

Picture -winged Flies

One genus within the Family Cause the flask-shaped galls on Creeping Thistles, another causes a blotch mine on Celery, a third causes small galls in the heads ofa Knapweed or Hardhead.

Brock

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Tephritis

If you added this without 'genus' you would see other pics of Tephritis. The word 'genus' is not necessary, as Tephritis is a generic name, so it is understood.

It looks closest to neesii, to me.

Ian
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Tephritis

Thanks for these comments. The specificity regarding host plants is very interesting.