Definition of Mediterranean fruit fly in English:

Mediterranean fruit fly

Syllabification: Med·i·ter·ra·ne·an fruit fly


  • A fruit fly whose larvae can be a serious pest of citrus and other fruits. Native to the Mediterranean region, it has spread to other regions including the US. Also called medfly.
    • Ceratitis capitata, family Tephritidae
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    • One of the most notorious agricultural pests is the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata.
    • To fight outbreaks of the Mediterranean fruit fly, or medfly, states like California and Florida rely on shipments of millions of sexually sterile medflies reared in laboratories.
    • The Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata is a major pest of many important agricultural products.

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