Oriental Fruit Fly Regulated Area in California
“The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established new Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis or OFF) regulated areas; effective June 23, in the Cupertino area of Santa Clara, California and effective June 29, in the Inglewood area of Los Angeles, California. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from these areas. These OFF outbreaks are considered to be transient, actionable, and under eradication.”
From the UF-IFAS Featured Creatures-
Adult: The adult, which is noticeably larger than a house fly, has a body length of about 8.0 mm; the wing is about 7.3 mm in length and is mostly transparent. The color of the fly is very variable, but there are prominent yellow and dark brown to black markings on the thorax.
Hosts: The oriental fruit fly has been recorded from more than 150 kinds of fruit and vegetables, including: apricot, avocado, banana, citrus, coffee, fig, guava, loquat, mango, roseapple, papaya, passion fruit, peach, pear, persimmon, pineapple, surinam cherry and tomato. However, avocado, mango and papaya are the most commonly attacked.