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  1. Whoa! That is a fancy fly! Seems it is a significant pest species. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Sure, but it's golden and has rainbow eyes. Posted 4 months ago
      1. It's definitely spectacular. It might also be a jerk, but not on purpose, surely. Posted 4 months ago
        1. True. I think on the Wikipedia of the "South American fruit fly" community, humans are described as pest. Posted 4 months ago
          1. That would be the more accurate statement. Posted 4 months ago
  2. Those eyes - trouble abounds Posted 4 months ago
  3. Wow, love the golden color with eyes that are magical. Do you have other shots as well? Love to see them too. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Of this same species? Sorry no, this one appeared on the moth cloth. Posted 4 months ago
  4. Today's Facebook post:

    Here's something shiny and beautiful! Can you believe that it's a fruit fly?!

    Unfortunately, Anastrepha fraterculus (known as the South American fruit fly), is a significant pest of commercial fruit production. Its range extends from South America into the southern United States.

    As a highly polyphagous insect, it can infest at least 110 host plants, including guava, citrus, and apples.
    There are many methods used to try to control these insects -- pesticides, biological control, and something really intriguing called the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). SIT is an environmentally-friendly method in which masses of sterilized males are released in a target area. When these sterile males mate with females in the wild, there are no offspring. This technique has been lauded as one of "the greatest entomological achievements of the 20th century". {Anastrepha fraterculus spotted in Ecuador by Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon #Anastrephafraterculus

    Posted 4 months ago
    1. Wonderful post, thank you for writing it. I had no idea about SIT or "dry humping". Posted 4 months ago
      1. Lol!! Posted 4 months ago
  5. Beautiful specimen, you literally found gold in Ecuador! Posted 4 months ago
    1. No regrets :) Posted 4 months ago

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''Anastrepha fraterculus'', known as the South American fruit fly, is a fruit fly species from the genus Anastrepha. ''A. fraterculus'' is a polyphagous, frugivorous fly that is a significant pest of commercial fruit production in South America.

Similar species: True Flies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jan 9, 2022. Captured Nov 7, 2021 21:24 in X8M9+JM Tandayapa, Ecuador.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/13.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm