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Mexican fruit fly – Anastrepha ludens

Mexican fruit fly - Anastrepha ludens

Since 1992, the Mexican government has operated a program using the sterile insect technique to manage the Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens). New research shows the mass-rearing program that produces the millions of sterile fruit flies needed for managing wild populations can be made more efficient by employing a 4:1 ratio of females to males in the flies’ mating cages. (Photo credit: Jack Dykinga, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org)

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