Tephritis neesii

Tephritis neesii

Sometimes called picture-winged flies, this species of fruit fly has distinctive dark brown markings on its wings which helps in identification. Length 4 to 5mm.

The larvae feeds on plants of the Asteraceae family, in particular Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare).

Seen June to August, and found where the foodplants grow, meadows and gardens. Common and widespread in the south of England, rarer further north into Scotland.

Photograph of  Tephritis neesii taken January 2014, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2014. Camera used Nikon D3200, with 18-15mm lens.

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