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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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