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Genus Paracantha

Fruit fly-- Paracantha? - Paracantha Picture-wing fly with peacock-like wings - Paracantha cultaris colorado bug for ID - Paracantha cultaris Paracantha ? - Paracantha Tephritidae, head - Paracantha culta Insect on Texas Thistle - Paracantha Family Tephritidae - Paracantha cultaris Fly on thistle - Paracantha - female
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)