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Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly)

Anastrepha ludens

Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) (Anastrepha ludens) is an insect pest of fruits, especially citrus. It is a native of Mexico and was first detected in Texas in 1927.

The Mexican fruit fly, Anastrepha ludens, is of quarantine importance to the Caribbean. Traveling north from Mexico to Texas and California, it is rarely found in Florida. Newly hatched larvae eat and burrow into the pulp of the fruit, taking on the color of their food so that when small they are easily overlooked. Many maggots may be found in a single fruit.

For more information about this plant pest, see the CABI data sheet.
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