Mediterranean fruit fly Med`i*ter*ra"ne*an fruit" fly, n. A small two-winged fly ({Ceratitis capitata}), a native of the Mediterranean countries but now widely distributed in warm regions, which can cause great damage to citrus and other succulent fruit crops when present in large numbers. It is black and white and irregularly banded. It lays eggs in ripening oranges, peaches, and other fruits; when the eggs hatch into larvae (maggots) inside the fruit, they cause the fruit to decay and fall, and make the fruit unsaleable. It is also popularly called the {medfly}.

Note: The possibility of infestation by this and other crop pests has caused some states such as California, where fruit is a major export, to ban the importation of fruit from other regions. Outbreaks of infestation with the medfly have caused California to mobilize major eradication campaigns and have been the subject of political faultfinding. The eradication tactic, of releasing sterile males to break the reproductive cycle, has been used to deal with outbreaks of the medfly. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • medfly — med fly (m[e^]d fl[imac]), [Often cap.] Same as {Mediterranean fruit fly}; a shortened form. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • medfly — см. Приложение 1 (Ceratitis capitata). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • medfly — [med′flī΄] n. pl. medflies [also M ] MEDITERRANEAN FRUIT FLY …   English World dictionary

  • medfly — /med fluy /, n., pl. medflies. See Mediterranean fruit fly. Also, Medfly. [1930 35; by shortening] * * * …   Universalium

  • medfly — noun Usage: often capitalized Date: 1935 Mediterranean fruit fly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • medfly — noun A small fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, native to the Mediterranean. Syn: Mediterranean fruit fly …   Wiktionary

  • medfly — n. black and white fruit fly of the Mediterranean …   English contemporary dictionary

  • medfly — noun (plural medflies) chiefly N. Amer. a Mediterranean fruit fly whose larvae are a pest of citrus fruit in many parts of the world. [Ceratitis capitata.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • medfly — med·fly …   English syllables

  • medfly — med•fly or Med•fly [[t]ˈmɛdˌflaɪ[/t]] n. pl. flies ent Mediterranean fruit fly …   From formal English to slang

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