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Tephritid Fly

On my walk on Saturday afternoon I came across this small orange fly prancing around the leaves of some coltsfoot plants, vigorously flashing its wings.  It is a male Acidia cognata (Diptera: Tephritidae).  The larvae of this species mine the leaves of coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) and butterbur (Petasites sp).

Photos taken beside the top lake, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2011-09-24.

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