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Volume 2012, Article ID 497087, 6 pages
Research Article

Survival of Wild Adults of Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) under Natural Winter Conditions in North East Spain

1Sustainable Plant Protection, Mas Badia Field Station, Institute for Food and Agriculture Research and Technology (IRTA), La Tallada d’Empordà 17134, Girona, Spain
2Centre UdL-IRTA, University of Lleida, Avenue Alcalde Rovira Roure 191, 25198 Lleida, Spain

Received 12 July 2011; Revised 25 September 2011; Accepted 21 October 2011

Academic Editor: Nikos T. Papadopoulos

Copyright © 2012 E. Peñarrubia-María et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The overwintering of the Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly), Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) at the northern limits of its geographic distribution is not yet well known. With the aim of estimating the survival rate of medfly adults in northeast Spain under natural winter conditions, a two-winter-season trial was carried out. A control was carried out in a climatic chamber at 25°C. The results showed that medfly adults were unable to survive the entire winter season in the Girona area. Climatic conditions, including the daily minimum temperature, daily maximum temperature and the high rainfall, appeared to be involved in adult mortality in winter.