Myopites cypriacus Hering, 1938

Diptera, Tephritidae

on Dittrichia, Pulicaria

gall

the receptacle is sclerified and very strongly swollen at the underside – the upperside is almost flat. Inside several vertical gall chambers, each with a maggot or a puparium. Each larva has arrived from an egg that was deposited on a flower, after which he has descended into the receptacle by way of a young achene; that achene is included in the galling process, and evently functions as an exit channel for the fly. The galled achenes stand as fragile cones on top of the receptacle.

hostplants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Dittrichia graveolens; Pulicaria arabica.

notes

Species from Cyprus.

references

Freidberg (1979a).

07/05/2014

mod 28.vi.2017