Friday, July 27, 2012

Papaya Fruit Fly (Bactrocera papayae) Sumatra Indonesia


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This fly is from the family of Tephritidae under genus of Bactrocera. The scientific name for this species is Bactrocera papayae (Drew & Hancock, 1994).




The fly with this exotic appearance is actually a very destructive polyphagous pest especially for papaya agriculture. At a glance, this fly looks like a wasp with its yellow marks over black thorax. The eyes are iridescent consist of brown, yellow, green and blue color. The size is about 8mm.

Taxonomy:
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Diptera - Flies
No Taxon : Acalyptratae
Superfamily : Tephritoidea
Family : Tephritidae - Fruit Flies
Subfamily : Dacinae - Old World Fruit Flies
Genus : Bactrocera
Species : B. papayae
Binomial name : Bactrocera papayae (Drew & Hancock, 1994)


Reference:
http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=671424 (Taxon)
http://www.padil.gov.au/pests-and-diseases/Pest/Main/136200

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