Exotic Pest Reporting
Eastern Cherry Fruit Fly
Eastern Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cingulata ) is an insect pest. It was first detected in New Hampshire in 1931.
The cherry fruit fly Rhagoletis cingulata is a serious direct pest of cherries fruits in North America. Females are attracted to ripening fruit and generally lay a single egg per fruit. Eggs hatch in 3-7 days, after which larvae burrow into the fruit, causing rotten fruit and larvae in harvested fruit.
Visit the Fruit Flies program page for more information about this pest.
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