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Terellia serratulae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Section: Schizophora
Subsection: Acalyptratae
Superfamily: Tephritoidea
Family: Tephritidae
Subfamily: Tephritinae
Tribe: Terelliini
Genus: Terellia

Terellia is a genus of tephritid or fruit flies in the family Tephritidae.[1][2][3][4]


Terellia ruficauda feeds on Canada thistle has been reported to be the most effective biological control agent for that plant. [7] Its larvae parasitize the seed heads of the plant feeding solely upon fertile seed heads.[8]


  1. ^ ITIS
  2. ^ Nomen.at
  3. ^ GBIF
  4. ^ Bei-Bienko, G. Ya. Keys to The Insects of The European Part of The USSR (Diptera). 5. Science Publishers, Lebanon. ISBN 978-9004090279. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "subgenus Terellia Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830". Biolib. Ondřej Zicha. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Smit, J.T. (2010). De Nederlandse boorvliegen (Tephritidae) [The Dutch drill flies (Tephritidae)] (in Dutch). 5. EIS. 
  7. ^ Moore 1975, Maw 1976
  8. ^ Lalonde