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Species Neotephritis finalis - Sunflower Seed Maggot

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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 Tephritini
Genus Neotephritis
Species finalis (Sunflower Seed Maggot)
Explanation of Names
Neotephritis finalis (Loew 1862)
5.5-6.5 mm (antennae to wingtips) (1)
Wings are mostly dark in apical half with six hyaline spots forming a distinct triangle
across NA - Map (2)(3)
Recorded from over 20 spp. of Asteraceae; larvae feed on immature achenes and pupariate in flower heads; commonly reared from sunflower, especially in the west (damage negligible) (Goeden et al. 1987; Arthur & Mason 1989)
Life Cycle
Immature stages described by Arthur & Mason (1989); so. Cal. populations are multivoltine (Goeden et al. 1987)
One of the most common tephritids in NA
Print References
Arthur A.P., Mason P.G. (1989) Description of immature stages and notes on the biology of Neotephritis finalis (Loew) (Diptera: Tephritidae), a pest of sunflowers in Saskatchewan, Canada. Can. Entomol. 121: 729-735.
Goeden R.D., Cadatal T.D., Cavender G.A. (1987) Life history of Neotephritis finalis (Loew) on native Asteraceae in southern California. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 89: 552-558. (Full text)