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Photo#859839
unknown fly - Paracantha cultaris

unknown fly - Paracantha cultaris
Fair Oaks, Sacramento County, California, USA
October 2, 2013

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

 
Thanks, Martin -
Jim Hogue and I were just looking at this, and Jim thought P. cultaris is what I should look at. When I got home you had already promoted this, so thanks!

 
this time I was faster...,. a
this time I was faster...,. at least we had all the same ID, which is the important fact!

 
Yep,
and thanks again, Martin. Also, we now have plant information, a thistle.

Tephritidae -
Looks like Paracantha sp.
On what plant did you find this fly? They use thistles (Cirsium), and various sunflowers in Heliantheae / Asteraceae as hosts.

 
Thanks for your help. The fly
Thanks for your help. The fly was on a thistle/weed in my backyard.

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