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Species Lamprolonchaea smaragdi

Small metallic-green Fly with black face and pale tarsi on Manroot - Lamprolonchaea smaragdi - female Small metallic-green Fly with black face and pale tarsi on Manroot - Lamprolonchaea smaragdi - female Small metallic-green Fly with black face and pale tarsi on Manroot - Lamprolonchaea smaragdi Small metallic-green Fly with black face and pale tarsi on Manroot - Lamprolonchaea smaragdi Small metallic-green Fly with black face and pale tarsi on Manroot - Lamprolonchaea smaragdi
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Lonchaeidae (Lance Flies)
Genus Lamprolonchaea
Species smaragdi (Lamprolonchaea smaragdi)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Notiphila smaragdi Walker, 1849 (the species is not closely related to species currently in the genus Notiphila)
Explanation of Names
Smaragdi is Latin for emerald
Identification
The only shining green Lonchaeidae known from North America.
Range
Native to the Old World tropics, recently introduced in California.
Remarks
Often called "Metallic Green Tomato Fly", partly due to confusion with the tomato pest L. brouniana.
Print References
Hauser, Martin, James N. Hogue and Emile Fiesler. 2017. Lamprolonchaea smaragdi (Walker, 1849) (Diptera: Lonchaeidae) newly established in Los Angeles County, California: first record for North America. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 93(2):61-64