Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neotephritis finalis (Loew)
Orig. Comb: Trypeta finalis Loew, 1862
Explanation of Names
finalis - Latin for 'final'
3 spp. n. of Mex. (only member of its genus in e. N. Amer.) (1)
5.5-6.5 mm (antennae to wingtips) (2)
Wings are mostly dark in apical half with six hyaline spots forming a distinct triangle
widely dist. across N. Amer. (1)
mostly: Apr-Sep (BG data)
so. CA populations are multivoltine (Goeden et al. 1987)
recorded from over 20 spp. of Asteraceae; larvae feed on immature achenes and pupariate in flower heads; commonly reared from sunflower, especially in the west (damage negligible) (Goeden et al. 1987; Arthur & Mason 1989)
Immature stages described by Arthur & Mason (1989)
one of the most common fruit fly species in N. Amer.
Arthur, A.P. & P.G. Mason. 1989. Description of immature stages and notes on the biology of Neotephritis finalis (Loew) (Diptera: Tephritidae), a pest of sunflowers in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Canadian Entomologist 121: 729-735.
Goeden, R.D., T.D. Cadatal, & G.A. Cavender. 1987. Life history of Neotephritis finalis (Loew) on native Asteraceae in southern California. Proceedings Entomological Society Washington 89: 552-558.