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Tephritid Fly

From last year: a female Tephritis formosa (Diptera: Tephritidae) on wild carrot (Daucus carota).

The normal host plant for T. formosa is listed as the sow thistle (Sonchus sp) so the above specimen may have just been resting on the wild carrot, not using it as a host.  There were certainly sow thistles nearby. 

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 20101-09-12.

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