Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Museum of Entomology - Gainesville

Callachna gibba (Loew), 1873


Order: Diptera - True Flies

Family: Tephritidae - Fruit Flies






Wing pattern:

Body color:



North America: Widespread throughout the northern one-half of the USA, south into northern Florida, but absent from the desert regions.

Florida: Northern Florida; recorded from a single site in Madison County. The distribution map for this species in Foote et al. (1993) shows a record on or near Key West (Monroe County): however, we have been unable to locate the specimen or verify this record.


Natural History


In Florida, restricted to the Ambrosia artemsiifolia



-Larval Stages:




Benjamin, F. H. 1934. Descriptions of some native trypetid flies with notes on their habits. U.S. Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin 401: 95 p.

Foote, R. H., F. L. Blanc, and A. L. Norrbom. 1993. Handbook of the fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) of America north of Mexico. Cornell University Press, Ithaca NY. 571 pp.

Ming, Y. 1989. A revision of the genus Eurosta Loew, with a scanning electron microscope study of taxonomic characters (Diptera: Tephritidae). Thesis, Washington State University. xiv + 190 p.

Novak, J. A. & B. A. Foote. 1980. Biology and immature stages of fruit flies: the genus Eurosta (Diptera: Tephritidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 53: 205-219.

Steyskal, G. C. and R. H. Foote. 1977. Revisionary notes on North American Tephritidae (Diptera), with keys and descriptions of new species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 79: 146-155.