Paracantha cultaris (Fruit Fly). Amazing multi-colored eyes!

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Paracantha (Fruit Fly)

The Paracantha is a type of fruit fly currently found in several U.S. States. It is found most commonly in the central plains States.  There is not a lot of information about it but it is believed to exist almost exclusively on plants belonging the genus of Cirsium.  In this picture, we see the Fruit Fly is perched pre-blossom bud of the Texas Thistle (Cirsium texanum) which is a native plant of Texas.



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For more information about North American Insects, check out these books available on

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders: North America

National Geographic Backyard Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America



Photography Equipment used to capture these images:

Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Digital Camera button

Sony FE 90mm f/2.8-22 Macro G OSS Prime Lens button




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