spikey wings, green eyes, orange yellow body
Location: Central Wisconsin
August 13, 2010 7:37 pm
I must first say that I love this site and have forwarded yor website to numberous people. I have also identified numerous bugs from your site. The attached photos are blurry – I’m sorry – it was moving around and I couldn’t focus so if its too bad of a photo I am sorry. I live in central wisconsin and was taking pics of my monarch catipillars out in my yard when this strange bug appeared on the milkweed plant, BIG Green eyes, yellow body and spikey wings, I’ve searched and cannot find anything
This is a Fruit Fly in the family Tephritidae. The photo is too blurry to be certain, but we believe this might be Euaresta festiva, a species, BugGuide says whose: “larvae feed on a single species: Great Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)” which should make it a friend of hay fever sufferers.
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