Fruit Fly (Dioxyna sp. likely picciola)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Fruit Fly (Dioxyna sp. likely picciola)

Family: Tephritidae

“Fruit flies (Tephritidae) are the most agriculturally important family of flies. Some species are pests, together causing billions of dollars in losses annually, whereas other species are beneficial biological control agents of weeds.” source: http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/Diptera/tephriti/tephriti.htm

Learn: http://susanleachsnyder.com/GopherTortoisePreserve/InsectOrderDiptera.html#Diox

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Spanish Needles (Bidens alba)

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2 comments
  1. Loret said:

    Hi Charlie! Thanks for giving me credit, but the flower was the fly’s idea. I just happened by while it was feeding. 🙂

    As always thanks for your kind words!

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