Pest Fruit Flies of the World – Larvae


L.E. Carroll, A.L. Norrbom, M.J. Dallwitz, and F.C. Thompson

Bactrocera papayae Drew & Hancock

Bactrocera conformis Doleschall

Bactrocera sp. "Malaysian B". Body length 7–9mm; slender, elongate, tapering anteriorly (?). Integument unsclerotized, entirely whitish to yellowish. Caudal ridge present. Mature larvae able to jump.

Head. Head of normal shape; cephalic lobes well developed. Antenna 2-segmented. Stomal organ: primary lobe small, round; number of peg sensilla three, or four or more (1 short and peg-like, 2–3 long and tapered); peg sensilla unbranched; other peg-sensilla-like structures absent. Stomal region: secondary lobes present, short, leaf-like (5–6, large); margins of secondary lobes more than one lobe with serrate margins (some with obviously serrated edges); sclerotized stomal guards absent (?). Oral ridges present; number of oral ridges 10–15; margins serrate, or scalloped (short, gently tapered, bluntly rounded teeth; some fringelike). Accessory plates present (small irregular-shaped accessory plates); number of accessory plates 15–19; margins serrated (small serrations). Elongate, finger-like lobes arising above mandibles absent. Median oral lobe absent or not protruding. Labium broad.

Cephalopharyngeal skeleton. Mandibles: subapical teeth absent; base elongate, forming a more oblique angle. Parastomal bars elongate, free from hypopharyngeal sclerite. Dental sclerites present, posterior to mandibles.

Spinules and creeping welts. Dorsal spinules on segments T1-T3.

Caudal segment (a8) and anal lobes. Sensilla on caudal segment 10 pairs, with at least 7 pairs visible under dissecting microscope (?). Ventral caudal sensilla absent or visible only with great difficulty, or obvious, but not on a papilla or tubercle (?). Anal lobes plainly visible, but not strongly protuberant; simple.

Anterior spiracles. Anterior spiracle elevated, margin convex to straight. Anterior spiracular tubules 11–15; in a single uniform row, or in a single irregular row (?).

Posterior spiracles. Posterior spiracular area not distinctly set off from caudal segment. Posterior spiracles: slits 2.5–3.5x longer than wide (range estimated, LEC coded about 3). Dorsal spiracular processes with numerous trunks arising from an elongate base (long processes). Number of dorsal spiracular processes 15–25. Number of ventral spiracular processes 15–25. Number of lateral spiracular processes 6–10. Area between posterior spiracles smooth.

Host plants. Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae, Arecaceae, Caricaceae, Clusiaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Ebenaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Meliaceae, Moraceae, Musaceae, Myrtaceae, Oxalidaceae, Passifloraceae, Rhamnaceae, Rutaceae, Sapindaceae, Sapotaceae, Solanaceae.

Part of plant attacked: fruit.

Biogeographic region. Oriental.

Specimens examined. Based on description by White and Elson-Harris (1992, as B. (B.) sp. near B. dorsalis B; Malaysia: ex Psidium guajava).

Sources of data and SEM numbers: (=sp. near dorsalis, B) 195SEM.

Illustrations. • Cephalopharyngeal skeleton (lateral).

Cite this publication as: ‘L.E. Carroll, A.L. Norrbom, M.J. Dallwitz, and F.C. Thompson. 2004 onwards. Pest fruit flies of the world – larvae. Version: 8th December 2006.’.