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Species Pyrgota undata - Waved Light Fly

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Pyrgotidae
Genus Pyrgota
Species undata (Waved Light Fly)
Explanation of Names
Common name for this species is based on the Latin name, undata, which means "waved".
Size
12-18 mm
Identification
Most widespread eastern member of this genus. Large (18 mm), dark, waved edge to forewing.
Range
Eastern and central North America
Habitat
Deciduous forests, also meadows, etc., probably non-specific.
Season
Spring. April-May (North Carolina)
Food
Adults may not feed?
Life Cycle
Life history: Female lights on a feeding May beetle, causing it to take flight. Pyrgotid then oviposits into beetle's back while soft parts are exposed in flight. Flies usually attack female beetles only and may pursue them under lights. Larvae is about 1 cm long, takes about 14 days to kill host beetle and then consumes entire interior. Fly pupates inside host remains and pupates there, emerges following spring. (1)
Print References
Swan and Papp, p. 624, fig. 1340 (1)
Arnett, p. 891, fig. 29.43, (2)
Lutz, 1st ed., plate LXXI, illustrates P. undata (3)
Brimley, p. 356 (4)
Milne, p. 673, fig. 441--photo of Pyrgota species, not P. undata (5)
Salsbury, p. 405--photo P. undata (6)
Internet References
Insects of Quebec--ill. P. undata and species account--French
Works Cited
1.The Common Insects of North America
Lester A. Swan, Charles S. Papp. 1972. Harper & Row.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Field Book of Insects of the United States and Canada, Aiming to Answer Common Questions,
Frank Eugene Lutz. 1935. Putnam Pub Group.
4.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
5.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Lorus and Margery Milne. 1980. Knopf.
6.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.