Med Fly

weird fly
Location: Los Angeles, CA
October 25, 2010 11:59 pm
Fly on my car, what kind is it? Thanks
Signature: P Krueger

Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Dear P.,
Bar none, the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, or Med Fly,
Ceratitis capitata, is probably the single most notorious Invasive Exotic species in North America, except for perhaps the Gypsy Moth and the Japanese Beetle.  We lived in Los Angeles in the mid 1980s when convoys of helicopters flew over the city spraying malathion in a feeble attempt to eradicate the pest that was expected to decimate the citrus crop in California.  For such a famous insect, your photos are the first submissions of the Med Fly that we have ever posted.  You can read BugGuide for more information.

Thanks for getting back to me.  I’m originally from the mid-west and knew nothing of this fly.  Thank you!

Mediterranean Fruit Fly

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