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oriential fruit fly – Bactrocera dorsalis

oriential fruit fly - Bactrocera dorsalis

In 2015, the largest oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) population ever discovered in the state occurred in the middle of Florida’s tropical fruit production areas—the largest tropical fruit production area in the continental U.S.—resulting in a 99-square mile quarantine. The outbreak was successfully quelled through a six-month eradication program that combined outreach, control, science, technology, and regulation. (Image originally published in Steck et al, American Entomologist, Summer 2019)

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