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Small metallic-green Fly with black face and pale tarsi on Manroot - Lamprolonchaea smaragdi
Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California, USA
October 24, 2015
Size: ~ 3 mm
Found inspecting exposed root of Marah macrocarpus (Cucamonga Man-root) with no obvious sprouts or tendrils attached to it.
Is this a female Lonchaeid Fly in genus Lamprolonchaea ?
If so, it would be the first record for the U.S.
The genus is mostly found in Oceania and one species from Africa.
They have the potential to become a pest species on tomatoes and other fruits.
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