Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) ➔ Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods) ➔ Class Insecta (Insects) ➔ Order Diptera (True flies) ➔ Family Tephritidae (Fruit flies)

Tephritis vespertina (Loew, 1844)

Synonyms:

Tephritis apicalis Becker, 1907 | Tephritis dajtica Dirlbek & Dirlbek, 1966 |

  • Tephritis vespertina, female  8381
    Tephritis vespertina (Loew, 1844)     
    Tephritis vespertina, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Markersdorf; 2018-07-13 15:00:19
    Image number: 8381
    female
    DE, Chemnitz, Markersdorf
    2018-07-13 15:00:19

  • Tephritis vespertina, female  8382
    Tephritis vespertina (Loew, 1844)     
    Tephritis vespertina, female; conf. Ben Hamers
    DE, Chemnitz, Markersdorf; 2018-07-13 15:01:44
    Image number: 8382
    female
    DE, Chemnitz, Markersdorf
    2018-07-13 15:01:44
    conf. Ben Hamers
  • Tephritis vespertina, female  8383
    Tephritis vespertina (Loew, 1844)     
    Tephritis vespertina, female
    DE, Chemnitz, Markersdorf; 2018-07-13 15:02:52
    Image number: 8383
    female
    DE, Chemnitz, Markersdorf
    2018-07-13 15:02:52


Classification:
Tephritis vespertina belongs to the subfamily Tephritinae, tribe Tephritini.
Distribution:
Europe (except Russia), North Africa.
Description:
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There are some similar species.
Biology:
Adults of Tephritis vespertina can be found from June to August. Females lay their eggs on flower heads of the host plants of larvae from the family Asteraceae. Known host plants are cat's ear (Hypochaeris radicata), bristly oxtongue (Helminthotheca echioides) and hawksbeard (Crepis). After hatching, the larvae of Tephritis vespertina feed and develop within the flower heads.

References, further reading, links:
  1. Pape T. & Thompson F.C. (eds) (2017). Systema Dipterorum (version 2.0, Jan 2011). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 2017 Annual Checklist (Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds.). Digital resource at www.catalogueoflife.org/annual-checklist/2017. Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-884X.
  2. Murat Kütük: The Fauna and Systematics of the Genus Tephritis Latreille, 1804 (Diptera: Tephritidae) with a Key to the Species of Tephritis in Turkey, Turk J Zool 30 (2006) 345-356.