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Pallopterid Fly

A female Palloptera modesta = Toxoneura modesta (Diptera: Pallopteridae). Distinguished from the similar Palloptera umbellatarum by the lack of a spot on the anal vein (near the trailing edge of each wing about one quarter of the way from the base to the tip). This individual seemed to be laying eggs on the flower heads of spear thistles (Cirsium vulgare)

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, 2012-08-14.

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