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fruit fly

n.
Any of various small flies of the family Drosophilidae, having larvae that feed on fermenting or decaying plant material, especially the common species Drosophila melanogaster, often used in genetic research. Also called pomace fly, vinegar fly.

fruit fly

see DROSOPHILA.
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In order to test whether our experiment yielded an exceptional mating distribution, three previous studies of the Mediterranean fruit fly that used different experimental designs were examined (Whittier 1986; Arita and Kaneshiro 1985; Whittier et al.
By contrast, the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) was found to be susceptible to these insecticides by topical application method.
Behavioral resistance to the sterile insect release technique by the Mediterranean fruit fly (Diptera: Tephtritidae) in Hawaii.
This system came into play in December 2001, when inspectors identified larvae from the destructive Mediterranean fruit fly in shipments of clementine oranges from Spain.
Chief deputy since 1999, Robert Atkins was the first agricultural official to detect a Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, in California - at Venice in 1975 - and subsequently managed the fruit-fly detection and pest-prevention programs from 1981 through 1992.
Entomologists also used the technique to clear California citrus groves of the invasive Mediterranean fruit fly and to eradicate a livestock parasite, the New World screw-worm fly, from North and Central America.
Abstract: Males of the mutant strains (blind, vestigal-winged) of the Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly), Ceratits capitata (Wiedmann) showed differences in behavior compared with control (mass-reared) males.
A fruit fly lure and trap that combines chemical and visual stimuli to more effectively control fruit flies -- including the Mediterranean fruit fly, or medfly -- has been patented by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Miami, Fla.
It will kill Mediterranean fruit fly larvae and allow Honduras to export mangoes to the U.
Also devised for other purposes, but effective for yellow jackets (and, unfortunately, beneficial insects), is a sticky nontoxic paste (Stikem Special) for trapping the Mediterranean fruit fly.
Other destructive insects introduced into the United States include the Asian long-horned beetle, the Gypsy moth, red imported fire ants, the Mediterranean fruit fly, Japanese pine beetles, and the Pine shoot beetle.
The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tephritidae), and the South American fruit fly, Anastrepha fraterculus (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tephritidae), are widely distributed in Argentina, including the northwestern province of Tucuman (Segura et al.

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