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 or med fly is considered to be one of the world s most destructive pests, particularly in regards to agriculture.
Ralph Miller was hired during the med fly program, and he and Yothers evaluated lead arsenate sprays for control of adult med flies.
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