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Mediterranean fruit fly

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noun

a small, black and white, irregularly banded two-winged fly, Ceratitis capitata, of many warm regions, that damages citrus and other succulent fruit crops by implanting eggs that hatch into maggots within the fruit.

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Also called medfly, Medfly.

Origin of Mediterranean fruit fly

First recorded in 1905–10
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Mediterranean fruit fly

noun

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 TrypetidaeAlso called: medfly
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