Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantined Area in Texas

Adult Mexican Fruit Fly. Credit: Jeffrey W. Lotz, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org

Contact: John Stewart, National Fruit Fly Policy Manager, at 919-855-7426
From the North American Plant Protection Organization’s Phytosanitary Alert System:

Effective April 22, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine area in the Rio Hondo area of Cameron and Willacy Counties, Texas. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area.

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Adult: The adult Mexican fruit fly is 7–11 mm long, or slightly larger than a house fly (6–7 mm), and is mostly yellowish-brown in color.