Philippine fruit fly

Philippine Fruit Fly

Anthony O’Toole, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

• Larvae attack a wide range of hosts including papaya
• Occurs in the Philippines and Palau
• Methyl eugenol traps can be used to attract male fruit fly which will help to detect the pest
• The fly can enter Australia as larva in infected fruit
• If it enters Australia it is likely to have a significant impact on the papaya industry

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


High priority pest of: Avocados, Citrus, Papaya, Passionfruit

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

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol