Anastrepha ludens (Loew, 1873) (ITIS)
Mexican fruit fly, Mexfly
Anastrepha lathana, Trypeta ludens (ITIS)
Mexico and Central America (Flitters and Messenger 1965)
First observed as a winter migrant in southern Texas in 1903, with infestations occurring beginning in 1927; it was first discovered outside of its usual range in 1954 (Flitters and Messenger 1965)
Migrates into southern Texas from Mexico; may be introduced to other areas through the movement of infested fruit (Aluja 1994; Thomas 2004)
Larvae attack at least 60 varieties of fruit, particularly citrus and mangoes (Thomas 2004)
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
State and Local Government
Aluja, M. 1994. Bionomics and management of Anastrepha. Annual Review of Entomology 39:155-178.
Flitters, N.E., and P.S. Messenger. 1965. Effect of temperature and humidity on development and potential distribution of the Mexican fruit fly in the United States (Technical Bulletin 1330). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Anastrepha ludens. [Accessed Sep 19, 2023].
Thomas, D.B. 2004. Hot peppers as a host for the Mexican fruit fly Anastrepha ludens (Diptera: Tephritidae). Florida Entomologist 87(4):603-608.