Bug Scout 1981
Too Cold for Medfly in Indiana
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
He says he's inspecting for mediterranean fruit fly.
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October 3, 1981

By now everyone has heard about the Mediterranean fruit fly.  The medfly is a tropical pest that has not been found in Indiana.  However, the apple, blueberry, and cherry maggot flies are close relatives and are common in Indiana.

The medfly attacks many fruit and vegetable crops.  Apples, apricots, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, pumpkins, squash, strawberries, and tomatoes are all susceptible.  Larvae of the medfly burrow through the pulp of these fruits and vegetables, making them unfit for human food.

At the present time it is unlikely that the medfly will get to Indiana.  But even if it did, the flies would probably be killed by the cold winter.  So when the cold north wind blows this winter, remember that it's harder on fruit flies than humans.

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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