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Tephritis pura - female

Tephritis pura - Female
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
August 25, 2016

Moved from Fruit Flies.
Thanks Ross.

Yes - a female…
In this species, the brown pattern in wing cell m extends to the posterior margin of that cell (separates from the similar species T. angustipennis).

See reference here.

Do you think
this is the same species?

Actually, I think it's T. webbii, as Dr. Norrborn suggests. Dr. Norrborn is a leading certified expert in fruit fly taxonomy, and it would be difficult to doubt his superior skill sets in this area.

That being said, as far as I know, in this species only, wing cell bc is shaded on the basal and apical margins with a large central dark spot, as can be seen in this image. The only known host is Solidago, so if you found this in an area where there is goldenrod present, that would be suggestive enough in my mind to move this to T. webbii.

T. webbii
Thanks Ross, there was plenty of goldenrod at this location.

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