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also Med·fly  (mĕd′flī′)
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n, pl -fly or -flies
(Animals) another name for Mediterranean fruit fly
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or Med•fly


n., pl. -flies.
Mediterranean fruit fly.
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Noun1.medfly - small black-and-white fly that damages citrus and other fruits by implanting eggs that hatch inside the fruitmedfly - 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 second approach, and the one followed by most medfly detection programs worldwide, entailed the development of solid trimedlure dispensers as an alternative to the use of liquid trimedlure.
Evaluation of yeast and yeast products in larval and adult diets for the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, and adult diets for the medfly, Ceratitis capitata, and the melon fly, Bactrocera curcurbitae.
The fecundity and fertility were reduced when the medfly females were exposed to branch extracts in dichloromethane at concentrations higher than 888 ppm.
capitata may have been caused by medfly migration following the coffee harvest season in Presidente Prudente, SE In the same year, there were still coffee cherries in the second half of July until the first half of August.
One of my PhD student colleagues, Emery Roe, assisted another PhD student with processing her massive set of interviews documenting the experiences and views of hundreds of players--from politicians to front-line scientists--in the California Medfly crisis of the early 1980s, which was no small feat.
The "Mediterranean fruit fly" or "Medfly" is the most widespread fruit fly pest worldwide.
Olive fruit fly parasitoids were reported in Africa as early as 1912 by the renowned Italian entomologist Filippo Silvestri during surveys for parasitoids of Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) (Ceratitis capitata [Wiedemann]) (Wharton 1989).
In 1987 Belize experienced the consequences of inadequate SPS capacity following an infestation by one of the world's most destructive agricultural pests--the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly).
The Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata Wiedemann), commonly known as the Medfly (Figure 2), is a possible entomological agent that could be used against the United States for the purposes of agroterrorism.