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 strigifinis (Walker)
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Male B. strigifinis (Photo: S. Wilson)

DISTRIBUTION: Australia (Eastern coastal rainforests of Queensland, as far South as Ayr District), mainland Papua New Guinea, and trapped a few times in Guadalcanal and Western Provinces of Solomon Islands.

HOST PLANTS: It has been bred from flowers of pumpkin and zucchini (both Cucurbita pepo) in PNG.

ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE: Not determined, but probably not a significant pest.

MALE LURE: Cue-lure.

QUARANTINE SURVEILLANCE: Cue-lure trapping and regular host fruit surveys of pumpkin flowers.

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

CONTROL: Protein bait spraying on cucurbit crop.

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).