Exotic Pest Reporting
Mexican Fruit Fly (Mexfly)
Mexican Fruit Fly (Mexfly) (Anastrepha ludens ) is an insect pest of fruits, especially citrus. It is a native of Mexico and was first detected in Texas in 1927.
The Mexican fruit fly, Anastrepha ludens, is of quarantine importance to the Caribbean. Traveling north from Mexico to Texas and California, it is rarely found in Florida. Newly hatched larvae eat and burrow into the pulp of the fruit, taking on the color of their food so that when small they are easily overlooked. Many maggots may be found in a single fruit.
Visit the Fruit Flies program page for more information about this pest.
11/27/2013 - NAPPO - Mexican Fruit Fly, Eradicated in Texas, US
01/11/2013 - Chile - Fruit Fly Detection Will Not Impact Exports