Larvae of the mediterranean fruit fly feed on the different kinds of fruits including apples and peaches and fruity vegetables like bell peppers and tomatoes. Generally, females of the mediterranean fruit fly puncture ripening fruit and lay eggs in the wound. These eggs hatch inside the fruits into small maggots that feed on the pulp making fruits unmarketable and inedible that in turn causes economic damage to fruit and vegetable industries.
The females of the mediterranean fruit fly puncture ripening fruit and lay eggs in the wound. These eggs hatch inside the fruits within 3-4 days into small maggots that begin feeding on the pulp and pass through three developmental stages and become mature inside the fruit. After maturity, maggots exit the fruit and drop to the ground where they pupate in the soil. Adult fruit flies emerge from pupae within a week, mate, lay eggs and life cycle continues. Under favourable conditions, the mediterranean fruit flies can complete their life cycle within 20 to 30 days.