Tephritis formosa

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Tephritis formosa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tephritidae
Genus: Tephritis
Species: T. formosa
Binomial name
Tephritis formosa
(Loew, 1844)
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Range of Tephritis formosa in Europe
  • Trypeta formosa Loew, 1844

Tephritis formosa is a species of tephritid fly. It is one of many species known commonly as gall fly. It is found in most countries across Europe and it also occurs in the Near East.[1]

The adult female is about 5 to 6 mm in length with wings of about 4 to 5 mm. The male is 4 to 5 mm long with wings about 4 mm long. The host plants for the larva are hawksbeard, cat's ear[2] and sow-thistle. It invades the flower heads, causing galls to form.[3]


  1. ^ "Tephritis formosa (Meigen 1830)". Fauna Europaea version 2.2. October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kutuk, M. (2005). "The fauna and systematics of the genus Tephritis Latreille, 1804 (Diptera: Tephritidae) with a key to the species of Tephritis in Turkey". Turkish Journal of Zoology. Ankara, Turkey: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. 30: 345–356pp. ISSN 1303-6114. 
  3. ^ White, I. M. (1984). Tephritid Flies (Diptera: Tephritidea). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects. 10 pt 5a. Royal Entomological Society of London. pp. 134 pp. ISBN 0901546682.