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  Fruit Fly (Tephritidae family )





Fruit Fly | Tephritidae family  photo
Fruit Fly on rotten banana

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FRUIT FLY FACTS

Identification
Fruit Flies are small to medium sized flies. This species has bright red eyes. When at rest, they often hold their wings outwards like paddles. This fly is larger than the Vinegar Flies which also feed on fruit.

Size
7mm

Habitat
often seen around fruit trees

Food
fruit

Breeding
Eggs are laid amongst fruit, and larvae feed on the fruit.

Notes
Many species of this family are agricultural pests



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Diptera
Family:Tephritidae
Genus:Tephritidae family
Species:
Common Name:Fruit Fly