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Genus Paracantha

Embellished Wings - Paracantha fly (?Tephritidae) - Paracantha - female Fruit fly (possibly Paracantha cultaris) collected with a sweep net from cotton field - Paracantha cultaris - female Paracantha? - Paracantha culta - male Kaleidoscope Fly - Paracantha Gall or fruit fly - Paracantha gentilis - female Paracantha  (culta or gentilis) - Paracantha Paracantha gentilis - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Superfamily Tephritoidea
Family Tephritidae (Fruit Flies)
Subfamily Tephritinae
Tribe Eutretini
Genus Paracantha
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Laksyetsa Foote, 1978(1)
=Neorhabdochaeta Foote, 1941(2)
Explanation of Names
Paracantha Coquillett 1899
5 spp. in our area, 11 spp. total(2)

Paracantha culta (Wiedemann, 1830): Widespread from Eastern NA, distribution stops around Rocky Mountains
Paracantha cultaris (Coquillett, 1894): Western NA, southward to Costa Rica
Paracantha forficula Benjamin, 1934: NC, SC, Florida, and Texas; rare
Paracantha genalis Malloch, 1941: Western NA, southward to Mexico
Paracantha gentilis Hering, 1940: Western NA, southward to Costa Rica
New World, more diverse in the Neotropics(3)