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Pests > Pests Entities > Insects > Flies > Fruit fly > Ceratitis sp., fruit fly, Ethiopia
May 2013. A fruit fly from Ethiopia that was found on “seeds of an indigenous tree species”.
A member showed the image to the Senior Insect Biosystemist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, who said that it was a Ceratitis species (Med fly), but there are many species in Africa, so it was not clear which species from the image.
Many other members agreed with the identification of Ceratitis sp. (Diptera, Tephritidae), due to the fine veins at the wingbase, which is characteristic of the genus. It was also said that the fly a female fruit fly that belongs to Ceratitissubgenus Pterandusgroup. Most likely it is either Ceratitis rosaKarsch (Natal fruit fly) or Ceratitis fasciventrisBezzi. Differences for identification to species are delicate. A specimen was needed, preferably a male. The group is known to develop in the flesh of fruits, and are of high economic importance.