Bactrocera dorsalis is a member of the Oriental fruit fly (B. dorsalis) species complex.This species complex forms a group within the subgenus Bactrocera and the name may therefore be cited as Bactrocera (Bactrocera) dorsalis.B. They have been reported as the major limiting factor in ob-taining high yields and good quality fruits of cu-curbits. The melon fruit fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tephritidae) is distributed widely in temperate, tropical, and sub-tropical regions of the world. Eggs are hatched into maggots which live and develop inside the Egg, larval and pupal stages The melon fruit fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tephritidae) is distributed widely in temperate, tropical, and sub-tropical regions of the world. Drew (1989) placed B. cucumis in the Zeugodacus subgenera under the subgenus Austrodacus. The cucurbit fruit fly Bactrocera cucurbitae can attack about 16 different types of cucurbit crops. Although the rate of attack varies among the crop, infestation reduced both the yield and quality of the cucurbit fruits. It has been reported to damage 81 host plants and is a major pest of cucurbitaceous vegetables, particularly the bitter gourd (Momordica charantia), muskmelon (Cucumis melo), snap melon (C. melo var. The extent of It has been reported to damage 81 host plants and is a major pest of cucurbitaceous vegetables, particularly the bitter gourd (Momordica charantia), Around these a necrosis may occur. Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coq.) It has been reported to damage 81 host plants and is a major pest of cucurbitaceous vegetables, particularly the bitter gourd (Momordica charantia), muskmelon (Cucumis melo), snap melon (C. melo var. 4. It has been reported to damage 81 host plants and is a major pest of cucurbitaceous vegetables. Their attack on cucumber not only reduces ... respectively. Attacked fruit usually shows punctures (made by females while laying eggs). The melon fruit fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tephritidae) is distributed widely in temperate, tropical, and sub-tropical regions of the world. Fruit flies cause up to 50 % damage of cucurbits (York, 1992) whereas melon damage may be of 100% (Atwal and Dhaliwal, 2005). Species: Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett) Common Name: Melon fly Damaging Stage: Maggots/larvae Crops Afected: Cucurbits, solanaceous and legumes Characteristics Damage: Attacks flowers, stem and fruits Eggs are deposited inside the fruits and tissues around the oviposition site become necrotic. Bactrocera cucurbitae, Dacus bivitattus, D. ciliatus and D. frontalis are pests mainly of cucurbit crops. Among them, cucurbit fruit fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae Coquillett is the major pest responsible for considerable damage (Butani and Jotwani, 1984). Bactrocera cucurbitae possesses a long posterior lobe on surstylus and abdominal sternite . Yield losses due to fruit fly infestation vary from 19.19 to 69.96% in different fruits and A AnD AnD S, , cucurbitae B Bactrocera cucurbitae- … Keywords: Bactrocera cucurbitae, biology, cucurbit fruit fly, morphometric and incubation period. Introduction The cucurbit fruit fly, B. cucurbitae is distributed widely in temperate, tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. damage of cucurbits [1]. obstacles for its economic production. Symptoms. Abstract. Small holes on the fruits are visible when the maggot leaves the fruit. The OFF and three other exotic fruit fly species have become established in Hawaii; Bactrocera cucurbitae (melon fly), Bactrcocera latifrons (solanum fruit fly), Cerititas capitata (med fly), all of which are a constant threat to the U.S. mainland. Biology and host damage 4.1. On Reunion Island, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), Dacus ciliatus (Loew), and Dacus demmerezi (Bezzi) cause severe damage to Cucurbit crops. Damage symptoms vary from fruit to fruit. extensive damage to many fruits and vegetables especially cucurbitaceous vegetables. is considered as a serious pest of pointed gourd.