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.
Scientific Name: Trupanea spp
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 2mm to 7mm (0.08in to 0.27in)
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