Mediterranean fruit fly


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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Mediterranean fruit fly

First Known Use of Mediterranean fruit fly

1899, in the meaning defined above

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