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Tephritid Fly

A female Tephritis bardanae (Diptera: Tephritidae).  October is rather late in the year for this species.  All the burdock flower heads in which it might have laid its eggs have long-since turned brown and dried out.  Maybe the warm autumn we've been having has caused this individual to hatch out early.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2013-10-06.

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