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Ceratitis capitata


Order: Diptera
Family: Tephritidae


Ceratitis capitata: adullt and damages in citrus and in apple


  • It is a polyphagous fly which attacks citrus, peaches, nectarines, apples, pears, plums, figs and other cultivated and wild fruit. 
  • Originally from Ethiopia, it has extended through most of the temperate and hot areas of the world. 
  • Causes damages by bites from the adult female during the eggs laying and by the larvae which gets fed during its development from the fruit leaving it unusable.
  • The treatments are orientated mainly to control the adult population.
  • The number of generations by the year is very variable; it can complete its life cycle in 20 days depending on environmental conditions.
  • The Mediterranean fruit flies trapping has demonstrated to be a really ecological and effective method for the reduction and management of these pest populations and it is recommended as a tool both in integrated pest management programs (IPM) as in ecological farming.   

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