White Snakeroot Fly

White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) is a late-bloomer. And people are getting ready for it. For instance, I spotted this Procecidocharoides penelope fly laying her eggs in this flowerhead last week. There’s plenty of snakeroot in the city, but this is the first iNaturalist observation of this fly here in NYC. A species of fruit fly with no common name, P. penelope could certainly be called White Snakeroot Fly, since according to bugguide.net it is “restricted” to this plant.

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