Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata)
Mediterranean fruit fly, Medfly
Insecta (Hexapoda) > Diptera > Tephritidae
Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann)
Photographer: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Contact: USDA ARS Photo Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Description: ARS scientists in Hilo, Hawaii are collaborating with ARS researchers at Weslaco, Texas, to investigate phloxine B, better known as the FDA-approved red dye number 28. The dye, might prove a safe, effective alternative to today's malathion insecticide. Medflies often share regurgitated food. This helps spread the insecticidal dye-and-bait blend through the population.
Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, www.forestryimages.org
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