Picture Winged Fly

Not much to report on the moth front recently, due to a holiday and frequent bad weather. Yesterday there were no moths in my Fairlight trap, and an attempt to put out the Country Park trap in the evening was abandoned when it started to rain.

However a tiny insect found in the garden the previous day, thought to be a tiny moth, and “fridged” for later inspection, revealed itself as a fly when inspected carefully, and with the magnification of the camera lens, as a very nice member of the Tephritidae flies, known as Picture Winged Flies. There are about 75 species of these in Britain, including the garden pest the Celery Fly.  It isn’t that,  but looking at a series of beautiful images of these flies on



suggests it is Tephritis neesii, whose larval host plant is Ox-eye daisy- lots of that in our garden.

Picture- winged Fly Tephritis neesii Fairlight


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