In their natural environment, these flies are parasitic on host plants, but are not often harmful to plant populations. They may reduce seed dispersal by spoiling fruit, but they don't necessarily prevent seed germination. They are prey for a wide variety of insect predators and parasites. They are much more significant in agricultural ecosystems, where they can be a major pest of fruit crops (see below).
Ecosystem Impact: parasite
Species Used as Host:
- There are no known mutualists with this species.
- Gillespie, P., B. McNeil. 1998. "Ceratitis capitata (Weidman)" (On-line). Fruit Flies of New South Wales. Accessed October 10, 2005 at http://www.agric.nsw.gov.au/Hort/ascu/fruitfly/ceratiti.htm.
- Western Australian Department of Agriculture. Common Pests of Summer Fruit in Western Australia. Bulletin No 4585; ISSN 1448-0352. Western Australia: Western Australian Department of Agriculture. 2003. Accessed October 12, 2005 at http://agspsrv38.agric.wa.gov.au/pls/portal30/docs/FOLDER/IKMP/PW/INS/PP/HORT/BULLETIN4585.PDF.