Researchers describe three new species of fruit flies

Annapolis, MD; October 2, 2015 — Acanthiophilus is a genus of fruit flies that infest plants of the tribe Cardueae (thistles) within the family Asteraceae. Members of this genus live in Africa, the Canary Islands, Europe, and Asia. Some species of Acanthiophilus are potential biological control agents of weeds, and others are serious pests to economically important crop plants. For example, the safflower fly, A. helianthi, is a significant pest to safflower in Europe and the Middle East.

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Source: Entomological Society of America (ESA)

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