Pacific Fruit Fly Project

Pacifly is the Pacific 's fruit fly web page which contains information about economic and non economic species of fruit flies in all the Pacific Island Countries and Territorries. Fruitflies are serious pests throughout tropical and sub tropical countries. They constitute of one of the worlds major insect pest in fresh fruits and fleshy vegetables. In every PICT, there is at least one damaging endemic fruit fly species present. Fruitflies cause direct losses to  fruit production and  in instances  where exotic species became established in a country, very expensive eradication programes had to be carried out. The Pacifly aims to provide detailed information of everything related to Fruit flies.

Bactrocera atrisetosa (Perkins)
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Male B. atrisetosa (Photo: S. Wilson)

DISTRIBUTION: Restricted to mainland Papua New Guinea. Because it is not attracted to male lures, limited distribution records are based on flies bred from collected fruits in Central, Oro, Morobe and Eastern Highlands Provinces.

HOST PLANTS: This species has been reared from 8 host species in 7 genera and 3 families, and is mainly associated to cucurbits:

ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE: A major pest of Cucurbitaceae in the Central Province.

MALE LURE: This species does not respond to male lures.

QUARANTINE SURVEILLANCE: Regular host fruit surveys of high risk hosts (cucumber and zucchini).

OPTIONS FOR RESPONSE (If newly discovered in a country): Increased host fruit sampling, restriction of fruit movement, protein bait spraying.

CONTROL: Protein bait spraying, destruction of fallen and overripe fruits.


PLANT FAMILY

PLANT SPECIES

COMMON NAME

PNG

Cucurbitaceae

Citrullus lanatus

Watermelon

X

Cucurbitaceae

Cucumis melo

Honeydew and rock melons

X

Cucurbitaceae

Cucumis sativus

Cucumber

X

Cucurbitaceae

Cucurbita pepo

Pumpkin, zucchini

X

Cucurbitaceae

Luffa aegyptiaca

Luffa

X

Meliaceae

Aglaia sapindina

-

X

Solanaceae

Lycopersicon esculentum

Tomato

X

Sources of published host data:

Dori, F.M., Tenakanai, D. and K. Kurika. 1993. The Current Status of Fruit Flies (Tephritidae) in Papua New Guinea. Harvest. 15(2): 22-25.
Drew, R.A.I. 1989. The Tropical Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae) of the Australasian and Oceanian regions. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 26: 1-521.
Leblanc, L., Balagawi, S., Mararuai, A., Putulan, D., Tenakanai, D. and A.R. Clarke. 2001. Fruit Flies in Papua New Guinea. SPC Pest Advisory Leaflet No 37. 12pp.
Tenakanai, D. 1997. Fruit Fly Fauna in Papua New Guinea. pp. 87-94 in: Allwood, A.J. and R.A.I. Drew. Management of Fruit Flies in the Pacific. ACIAR Proceedings No 76. 267p.


 

REFERENCES:
Drew, R.A.I. 1989.The tropical fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae: Dacinae) of the Australasian and Oceanian regions. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. Volume 26. 521 pp. (Description and illustration).


PLANT FAMILY

PLANT SPECIES

COMMON NAME

PNG

Cucurbitaceae

Citrullus lanatus

Watermelon

X

Cucurbitaceae

Cucumis melo

Honeydew and rock melons

X

Cucurbitaceae

Cucumis sativus

Cucumber

X

Cucurbitaceae

Cucurbita pepo

Pumpkin, zucchini

X

Cucurbitaceae

Luffa aegyptiaca

Luffa

X

Meliaceae

Aglaia sapindina

-

X

Solanaceae

Lycopersicon esculentum

Tomato

X