|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
500 genera, about 5,000 species
Tephritidae is one of two fly families referred to as "fruit flies", the other family being Drosophilidae. Tephritidae does not include the biological model organisms of the genus Drosophila (in the family Drosophilidae), which is often called the "common fruit fly". There are nearly 5,000 described species of tephritid fruit fly, categorized in almost 500 genera. Description, recategorization, and genetic analysis are constantly changing the taxonomy of this family. To distinguish them from the Drosophilidae, the Tephritidae are sometimes called peacock flies, in reference to their elaborate and colorful markings.
Tephritid fruit flies are of major economic importance in agriculture. Some have negative effects, some positive. Various species of fruit fly cause damage to fruit and other plant crops. The genus Bactrocera is of worldwide notoriety for its destructive impact on agriculture. The olive fruit fly (B. oleae), for example, feeds on only one plant: the wild or commercially cultivated olive, Olea europaea. It has the capacity to ruin 100% of an olive crop by damaging the fruit.
On the other hand, some fruit flies are used as agents of biological control, thereby reducing the populations of pest species. Several species of the fruit fly genus Urophora are used as control agents against rangeland-destroying noxious weeds such as starthistles and knapweeds, but they are questionable in their effectiveness.
Most fruit flies lay their eggs in plant tissues, where the larvae find their first food upon emerging. The adults usually have a very short lifespan. Some live for less than a week.
The behavioral ecology of tephritid fruit flies is of great interest to biologists. Some fruit flies have extensive mating rituals or territorial displays. Many are brightly colored and visually showy. Some fruit flies show Batesian mimicry, bearing the colors and markings of dangerous insects such as wasps because it helps the fruit flies to avoid predators, even though the flies lack stingers.
jusninasirun has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
|You must be logged in to start a discussion.|
very nice details of this little fly
nice composition with lovely colours
thanks greeting lou
- [2012-03-17 8:19]
Bom dia Luis,
Nice macro of this special fly with a good sharp focus on the head. The wings are a bit OOF. Beautiful natural colours. Taken from a pleasing POV. Good blurred background.
Ottima macro con dei colori stupendi,bene la nitidezza come la composizione,bella complimenti.
amazing fly, first for TN? TFS Ori
- [2012-03-18 2:53]
I know how small this species of flies is and beautiful captured with good details. tfs.
You have perfected the focus on the popping compound eyes. Details are fabulous and fine natural tone.
Thanks and kind regards.