n African Entomology - First record of (Rondani) (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) parasitizing pupae of (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Tunisia : short communication

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly), (Wiedemann) (Diptera : Tephritidae), isone of the most devastating pests of fruits and vegetables worldwide (Liquido 1991; Chueca 2007). It is the most invasive species of all members of the Tephritidae (Zucchi 2001) and a key pest of citrus and other fruits in the Mediterranean countries, including Tunisia (Enkerlin & Mumford 1997; Jerraya 2003). Serious economic damage is caused by this insect in Tunisia; in mixed fruit cultivation crop losses can be from 80 to 100% (Jerraya 2003). Citrus is the most affected host crop, with direct annual losses attributed to of up to 38% of annual income from Tunisian citrus production (Driouchi 1990; Lebdi Grissa 2010).

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