Mediterranean fruit fly


Mediterranean fruit fly

noun

Definition of MEDITERRANEAN FRUIT FLY

:  a small widely distributed yellowish-brown dipteran fly (Ceratitis capitata) with a banded abdomen whose larva lives and feeds in ripening fruit —called also medfly

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First Known Use of MEDITERRANEAN FRUIT FLY

1899

Mediterranean fruit fly

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) proven to be particularly destructive to citrus crops, at great economic cost. The Med fly lays up to 500 eggs in citrus fruits (except lemons and sour limes), and the larvae tunnel into the fruit, making it unfit for human consumption. Because of this pest, quarantine laws regulating fruit importation have been enacted worldwide.

Variants of MEDITERRANEAN FRUIT FLY

Mediterranean fruit fly or Med fly

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