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Tephritid Fruit Fly (Trupanea spp)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Tephritid Fruit Fly.

 Updated: 2/26/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




The lesser known Tephritid Fruit Fly sports the same kind of wild markings on its wings that its more familiar cousins have.



Unusual black patterns on transparent wings are typical in the Tephritid Fruit Fly family. Some are shaped like starbursts, others like blocks. Regardless, they are interesting and useful in identifying a fly's tribe or genus. There are many species of Tephritid Fruit Flies, and almost all could benefit from more research. Like Fruit Flies in general, they are attracted to ripe fruit.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Diptera
        Family: Tephritidae
          Genus: Trupanea
            Species: spp
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Trupanea spp
Category: Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 2mm to 7mm (0.08in to 0.27in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black, white
Descriptors: small, flying, marks, wings
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Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
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