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Papaya Fruit Fly - Toxotrypana curvicauda - female

Papaya Fruit Fly - Toxotrypana curvicauda - Female
Boca Raton, Florida, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
May 31, 2013
The female of this species has an extremely long oviscape (approximately as long as the thorax and abdomen combined) and strongly arched. Adults are vespid wasp mimics. Males stake out territories on host plants and produce a pheromone to attract females. The female lays its eggs in immature fruits, using the long ovipositor to penetrate the skin and thick pulp, and deposit the eggs in the seed cavity. The mature larva tunnels out of the fruit and pupates in the soil.

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Nice pics!
Very nice series of images of a beautiful fly that is dreaded by horticulturists! Thanks for posting!

 
Hi Matthias
Only a week and a half ago did I become familiar with this beautiful fly, initially mistaking it for an Ichneumon wasp. Only when I reviewed my photos did I realize that I had photographed a fly which made it easy to identify. Currently my favorite subject to photograph, I dread having it around in the long run.

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