Ceratitis capitata

Mediterranean fruit fly


It is one of the pests with the widest presence in different crops, affecting citrus, stone fruit trees, pome fruit trees, grapevines and tropical fruits.

The Mediterranean fruit fly is a diptera 5-6 mm in length. It is one of the most important fruit tree pests worldwide.

In warmer climates they can reach 7-8 generations per year and we can start to find them in Spain in May.

It is initially caused by the bite of the female for oviposition, which is a route of entry for fungi and bacteria. The larvae make galleries inside the fruit during feeding. All this leads to early ripening and fruit drop with consequent crop loss.