ARTHROPODS OF FLORIDA
Florida State Collection of Arthropods
Museum of Entomology - Gainesville

Eurosta floridensis Foote, 1977

INSECTA

Order: Diptera - True Flies

Family: Tephritidae - Fruit Flies

 

 

 

Taxonomy

Synonyms:

Eurosta comma: Benjamin (1934)

 -Description:

 

Distribution

North America: Restricted to the southeastern coastal plain. Recorded from Florida and South Carolina.

Florida: Northern and central Florida.

 

Natural History

-Host(s):

The only known host is the Pine-Barren Goldenrod, Solidago fistulosa Mill.

-Biology:

Univoltine. The life history is assumed to be similar to the sister species E. comma; after emergence in the fall mating takes place on or near the host followed by oviposition into emerging shoots and/or the rhizome. Overwintering as egg or early instar with gall formation initiating during the following summer. Pupariation during September-October shortly before emergence.

-Habitat:

Generally low, often wet, marshes, roadside ditches, swales, and fields containing the host.

-Larval Stages:

-Flight Time:

Fall to early winter; peaking in or about October.

References

Benjamin 1934

Foote et al 1994

Ming 1989