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Pests > Pests Entities > Insects > Flies > Fruit fly > Paraceratitella eurycephala, ?Capparis, Australia
December 2003. The fly was photographed from Capparis mitchellii near Moree in NSW, Australia, in December. The shrub was flowering and had immature fruit. The wingspan of the fly is approximately 11.8 mm and the head body length around 5.8 mm.
A bit of detective work suggested that the fly is Paraceratitella eurycephala Hardy (Tephritidae:Ceratitinae). This species is known to breed in the flower buds of Capparis spp. The identification of C. mitchellii was doubted as it would be a new record. Its distribution is northern Australia down to northern NSW.
Further details can be found in: Permkam S, Hancock D L (1994) Australian Ceratitinae (Diptera:Tephritidae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 8(6): 1325-1341.