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Members of several genera have been reared from tephritid puparia. The genus Coptera Say (Figs. 1, 2) contains several species that have confirmed host records for Tephritidae (Silvestri 1914, Nixon 1930, Muesebeck 1980, Sivinski et al. 1998, Yoder and Wharton 2002). It is possible that several of the species of Coptera are specific to Tephritidae. Members of the genus Trichopria (Fig. 5) are often reared from puparia obtained from infested fruit, but the species of Trichopria attack a wide range of hosts, and at least some of these records are from families of Diptera other than Tephritidae. Care should be taken to confirm any rearings of Trichopria and Spilomicrus (Figs. 3,4) from tephritid hosts.


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