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Melon Fly

Bactrocera cucurbitae


Species Identification Sheet Common name: Melon fly Scientific name: Bactrocera cucurbitae Geographic area of origin: Asia Common uses/hazards/importance: fruit flies can get into our houses unknowingly on the fruits we buy, then they reproduce in our homes. Plant injury because they ruin plants. Distinguishing features: the bulbous shape of their lower body, their orange/brown color, they are slow flyers. Yellow areas Date and method of arrival in Hawaii: 1907 Indigenous? NO Endemic? NO Invasive? YES Other interesting historical, cultural, or ecological information: one generation life cycle is about 37 days

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Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA

Spotted on Sep 6, 2012
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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