Mediterranean fruit fly


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Mediterranean fruit fly

n.
A fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) having a banded abdomen and wings with black and brownish markings, the larvae of which destroy citrus and other fruit crops in warm regions worldwide. Also called medfly.

Mediterranean fruit fly

n
(Animals) a species of dipterous fly, Ceratitis capitata, having marbled wings, whose maggots tunnel into fruits such as citrus, peach, and vine in the Mediterranean area, South Africa, and elsewhere: family Trypetidae. Also called: medfly

Med′iterra′nean fruit′ fly`


n.
a small, black-and-white banded, two-winged fly, Ceratitis capitata, of many warm regions that implants eggs that hatch into maggots within ripening fruit.
Also called medfly.
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Noun1.Mediterranean fruit fly - small black-and-white fly that damages citrus and other fruits by implanting eggs that hatch inside the fruitMediterranean fruit fly - small black-and-white fly that damages citrus and other fruits by implanting eggs that hatch inside the fruit
fruit fly, pomace fly - any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits
Ceratitis, genus Ceratitis - Mediterranean fruit flies
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The Mediterranean Fruit Fly Eradication Program (Moscamed Program) was created through a cooperative agreement signed between Mexico and Guatemala in 1975, a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Mexico and the USA in 1976, and a Cooperative Agreement signed by Guatemala and USA in 1981.
UPDATE: Sterilization was used for decades to combat the screwworm before Mexico and Guatemala staged their first Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) sterilization trial, in 1978.
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Although China formally banned American citrus products in 1980 because of concerns over the spread of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Sunkist has not shipped fruit to China since World War II, said Bill Quarles, Sunkist's vice president of corporate relations.
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