Fruit Fly (Xanthaciura sp.)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Fruit Fly (Xanthaciura sp.)

Pretty wings and eyes on this one.

“The known larvae of Xanthaciura spp. all feed in composite flowers” (including Bidens spp. and Eupatorium
coelestinum (accepted name: Conoclinium coelestinum) source: http://organicroots.nal.usda.gov/download/CAT86200395/PDF pg44-46

Fresh from Florida reports adults from this genus may feed on Citrus. source: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Plant-Industry-Publications/Tri-ology-FDACS-DPI/Volume-51-Number-1-January-February-2012/January-February-2012-Entomology-Section

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

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2 comments
  1. Love the wings – a work of art! I think I spied one of these the other day – unless all have intricate wing patterns.

    • Loret said:

      A lot of the fruit flies so have intricate wing patterns. There are also something known as Picture wing flies that I sometimes confuse them with. Different species have different designs, but they are so tiny that unless I take a photo that I can zoom in on, there is no way I could tell the difference. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are still enjoying Florida despite the coolness that is headed our way.

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