Species Factsheet

Ceratitis capitata


Complete name: Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann, 1824)
Taxonomy: Insecta » Arthropoda » Insecta » diptera » tephritidae » Ceratitis capitata
Authors: Alain Roques
Last updated: November 1st, 2006

Common Names

Mediterranean fruit fly, medfly.


Ceratitis capitata

Short Description

Small fly, 4- 5 mm long. The adults have a yellowish body with brown abdomen and legs and have yellow bands on the wings. The larva, 6- 8 mm long at maturity, is typically elongated, cream coloured, and has a cylindrical maggot shape. Development is phytophagous in a wide range of temperate and subtropical fruits.