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Mediterranean fruit fly:

see fruit flyfruit fly,
common name for any of the flies of the families Tephritidae and Drosophilidae. All fruit flies are very small insects that lay their eggs in various plant tissues.
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Mediterranean Fruit Fly


(Ceratias capitata), an insect of the family Trypetidae, a dangerous crop pest. The body is 4.5 mm long. The mottled wings are marked with dark noncontinuous bands. The Mediterranean fruit fly is common in many countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania. It does not occur in the USSR, but it is an object of quarantine, since its larvae are easily transported with various fruits. The fly is polyphagous, damaging more than 70 plant species (for example, apricot, peach, orange, mandarin, apple, pear, grape, and tomato). The female deposits eggs on the skin of ripe fruit; the larvae hatch one or two days later and feed on the fruit for two to three weeks, causing it to rot. The number of generations varies with climatic conditions. Quarantine measures in the USSR and other countries that import citrus fruits largely consist of limiting imports to the winter and disinfecting fruits by heat or chemical agents.

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Sex differences in movement between natural feeding and mating sites and tradeoffs between food consumption, mating success and predator evasion in Mediterranean fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae).
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serpentina, the use of ginger oil might be a helpful when applying the SIT technique to this species, as all of the benefits of ginger oil previously reported for sterile males of Mediterranean fruit flies appear to be true for A.
Sperm transfer in normal and gamma-irradiated, laboratory reared Mediterranean fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae).
Effect of adult diet on signalling activity, mate at traction, and mating success in male Mediterranean fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae).
Feeding and foraging of wild and sterile Mediterranean fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in the presence of spinosad bait.
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