|Bactrocera moluccensis (Perkins)|
|Monday, 21 January 2013 10:31|
HOST PLANTS: It has been consistently bred from one host species: Tahitian chestnut (Caesalpinaceae: Inocarpus fagifer), though its actual host range is probably more extensive.
BIOLOGY: Contrary to other species that infest only the outer fleshy part of Tahitian chestnut, B. moluccensis larvae damage the entire fruit, including the inner nut.
MALE LURE: Cue-lure.
QUARANTINE SURVEILLANCE: Cue-lure trapping and regular host fruit surveys of Tahitian chestnut.
OPTIONS FOR RESPONSE (If newly discovered in a country): Increased trapping, increased host fruit sampling, restriction of fruit movement, protein bait spraying.