Terellia tussilaginis

I often see these tiny, colourful flies in one particular spot in a local field. They are known as ‘Fruit Flies’ or ‘Picture-winged Flies’. A yellow coloured gall fly with dark patterns on its wings. Length 4 to 5mm.

The larvae feed on Burdock causing galls.

It flies June to August, and is found where the foodplants grow, meadows and gardens.

Common and widespread in the south of England, rarer further north.

Photographs of Terellia tussilaginis taken July 2015, field margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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