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Tephritidae on Ironweed - Tomoplagia obliqua

Tephritidae on Ironweed - Tomoplagia obliqua
Plymouth Rock, Winneshiek County, Iowa, USA
December 29, 2017

Original collection of Ironweed, Vernonia sp., seed head and more information

December 27, 2017: collected more seed heads on Ironweed, Vernonia sp.
This photo: emergent(?) hole and spent puparium

Multiple investigations: spent fly puparia, dead fly puparium, 2 larva (possibly parasitoids, one yellow, one white), 2 dead adult wasps each apparently died during emergence

Update:
July 30, 2018: same location, same host plant, larva:

August 11, 2018: same location, same host plant, adult:

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Moved
Moved from Neaspilota alba.

Moved
Moved from Fruit Flies.

Great pics! Yes it is a Tephr
Great pics! Yes it is a Tephritidae. Being a flower head breeder in Iowa, the most likely species is Neaspilota alba. But this is not a 100% identification, but the best guess I could come up with...

 
I will try
to rear some this year. Or next.

 
That would be super helpful t
That would be super helpful to have the adult! Good luck!

Moved
Moved from Flies.

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