Oriental fruit fly

Oriental fruit fly

Division of Plant Industry Archive, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org

  • Found in Asia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and South America
  • Adults 6-8 mm long with a narrow brown band along edge of wings
  • Abdomen has a black T-shaped mark, which is similar to a number of other endemic species
  • Larval feeding can result in rotting of fruit and may cause fruit to drop
  • Long range dispersal through movement of larvae-infested fruit

Note: B. papayae, B. philippinensis, B. invadens and B. dorsalis are recognised as a single species, B. dorsalis, by some researchers. (Synonymization of key pest species within the Bactrocera dorsalis species complex (Diptera: Tephritidae): taxonomic changes based on a review of 20 years of integrative morphological, molecular, cytogenetic, behavioural and chemoecological data, Systematic Entomology, first published online 28 October 2014  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/syen.12113/abstract)


High priority pest of: Apples and pears, Avocados, Cherries, Citrus, Dried fruit, Lychees, Mangoes, Papaya, Passionfruit, Summerfruit, Table grapes, Wine grapes, Vegetables

Scientific name: Bactrocera dorsalis
EPPRD Category: 2
Life Form: Flies & Midges (DIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol