Use of fruit wounds in oviposition by Mediterranean fruit flies

Daniel R Papaj, Byron I. Katsoyannos, Jorge Hendrichs

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Abstract

Casual observations suggested that female Mediterranean fruit flies (Ceratitis capitata Wiedemann) exploit fruit wounds (including pre-existing oviposition punctures) as oviposition sites. This behaviour was quantified under field conditions in a citrus grove on the Greek island of Chios. Fruit wounds influenced oviposition behaviour in three ways. First, females were more likely to land on oranges (Citrus sinensis) that were artificially wounded than into unwounded control oranges. Second, having landed, females were more likely to attempt oviposition into a wounded orange than into control oranges. Third, females that attempted oviposition into wounded oranges usually did so directly into or very near the wound. The diameter and depth of the wound significantly influenced the tendency for female flies to land on a fruit but not their propensity, having landed, to attempt oviposition in or near the wound. The significance of this behavior in nature and implications for management of the Mediterranean fruit fly are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-209
Number of pages7
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Ceratitis capitata
  • Fruit fly
  • host damage
  • IPM
  • marking pheromone
  • medfly
  • oviposition behaviour
  • Tephritidae

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  • Insect Science

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Use of fruit wounds in oviposition by Mediterranean fruit flies. / Papaj, Daniel R; Katsoyannos, Byron I.; Hendrichs, Jorge.

In: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Vol. 53, No. 3, 01.1989, p. 203-209.

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Papaj, Daniel R ; Katsoyannos, Byron I. ; Hendrichs, Jorge. / Use of fruit wounds in oviposition by Mediterranean fruit flies. In: Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 1989 ; Vol. 53, No. 3. pp. 203-209.
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