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Mediterranean fruit fly lifecycle

Mediterranean fruit fly lifecycle

A female Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) lays its eggs under the peel of a host fruit, and larvae use anterior mouth hooks to vigorously feed on fruit flesh until they reach the third and last instar. The medfly progresses through its lifecycle quickly, and in Egypt it has 8–10 overlapping generations per year. (Image originally published in Abd-Elgawad 2021, Journal of Integrated Pest Management)

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