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 curvipennis (Froggatt)
Thursday, 17 January 2013 12:45

Female B. curvipennis (Photo: S. Wilson)


DISTRIBUTION: Endemic to New Caledonia.

HOST PLANTS: Recorded from at least 41 host plant species in 30 genera and 21 families: Detailed host list.

BIOLOGY: This species is kept in laboratory colonies in New Caledonia. Larvae reared on banana-based diet. Heat tolerance studies have been completed in New Caledonia and published.

MALE LURE: Cue-lure.

QUARANTINE SURVEILLANCE: Cue-lure trapping and regular host fruit surveys of high risk species, especially guava, mango, Syzygium apples and Tropical almond.

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

CONTROL: Fruit bagging, protein bait spraying, destruction of fallen and overripe fruits, early harvest of mature green fruits.

Amice, R., Sales, F. 1997. Fruit fly fauna in New Caledonia. pp.68-76 in: Allwood, A.J., and Drew, R.A I., Management of fruit flies in the Pacific. ACIAR Proceedings No 76. 267pp. (hosts). 
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).  
Sales, F., Paulaud, D., Maindonald, J. 1997. Comparison of egg and larval stage mortality of three fruit fly species (Diptera: Tephritidae after immersion in hot water. pp.247-250 in: Allwood, A.J., and Drew, R.A I., Management of fruit flies in the Pacific. ACIAR Proceedings No 76. 267pp. (Heat tolerance).