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Subject: Pathway for a harmful species of Ceratitis from Africa
Date posted: February 01, 2002
Source: University of Florida Featured Creatures
In 2000, a species of Ceratitis, a genus that includes the Mediterranean fruit fly (C. capitata), was intercepted on peaches, Prunus persica, coming into the U.S. from South Africa. Peaches are one of the preferred hosts of the Natal fruit fly (C. rosa), a serious pest in South Africa, as well as other African countries. In South Africa, this fly ranks second in importance only to C. capitata, and in some situations can become a more serious pest. The Natal fruit fly affects many types of fruits, both in orchards and the wild, including peach, guava, plum, apple and pear.

See the UF Featured Creatures report at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/fruit/tropical/natal_fruit_fly.htm