Tephritidae

Pronunciation:  [Teh·FRIT·i⋅dae]

Common Name:  Fruit Flies

Description:  Most members of the family Tephritidae have a complex pattern of spots or bands on their wings.   Adults are typically found on flowers, foliage, or fruits.   Most larvae feed in or on soft-bodied fruits.   The family includes many species that are agricultural pests (e.g. apple maggot).

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Wings have a complex pattern of spots or bands
  2. Subcostal vein curves abruptly toward costa but does not touch it
  3. Anal cell is closed and sharply pointed posteriorly

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Order:  Diptera