Notable for the female's long ovipositor and sheath relative to its body size(1)
Eyes are beautiful iridescent green with other colors appearing depending on the angle and intensity of light. Body is mostly yellowish; dorsal surface of thorax browner with longitudinal yellow stripes. Wings marbled with yellowish bands.
native to Mesoamerica; adventive in our area (s US: southmost Texas only as of 2012, historical records from CA and FL)(1)
Mainly agricultural, but anywhere with fruit trees
All varieties of citrus except lemons and sour limes are attacked. Grapefruit is the preferred host, with oranges second. Pear, peach and apple are preferred among deciduous hosts. Full list of hosts(1)
Adult females may be very long-lived, up to 11 months, and highly fecund, laying 1,500 eggs or more. Males appear to be able to survive as long as 16 months.(1) Eggs hatch in 6-12 days. Larval stage lives in fruit pulp and lasts 3-4 weeks, leaving fruit to pupate in soil.
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