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melon fruit fly

Tephritidae Bactrocera cucurbitae


A wasp mimick fly with distinctive markings. The ovipositor gives the fly away as a tephritidae, an easy search after that.


Adjacent to a small stream. Altitude 1000m.


Originating in India, this fly has caused devastation globally, wherever melons and gourds are harvested. A truly nasty bug that needs eradication, or maybe we should stop eating its food source, after all, the fly was here long before we were!

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1 Comment

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

crazy guy, nice series

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Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Jan 9, 2015
Submitted on Jan 9, 2015

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