Tephritis formosa


    Length males 4 to 5 mm, females 5 to 6 mm. It has light beige wings that are boldly patterned with dark markings.

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    Most well vegetated places, especially meadows and grassland where the larval host plants grow.

    Life History

    The host plants for the larvae are Hawk's-beard, Cat's-ear and Sow-thistle flower heads, causing galls to form on them.

    UK Status

    Quite common and widespread, at least in southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland

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