Definition of Mediterranean fruit fly in English:

Mediterranean fruit fly

Pronunciation /ˈˌmedətəˈˌrānēən/ /ˈˌmɛdətəˈˌreɪniən/ /ˈˌmedətəˈˌrānyən fro͞ot flī/ /ˈˌmɛdətəˈˌreɪnjən frut flaɪ/


  • 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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The Mediterranean fruit fly, commonly called the medfly, is one of the world's most destructive agricultural pests.’
    • ‘In 1996 we detected Mediterranean fruit flies in one of our traps.’