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Adult female Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew)
Fig. 1 Adult female Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew)
Adult female Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew)

Caribbean fruit fly Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) Larva(e)
Fig. 2 Larva(e)
Caribbean fruit fly A. suspensa (Loew) Larva(e)

The endoparasitic braconid wasp, Diachasmimorpha longicaudata (Ashmead), parasitizing larvae of the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew)
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The endoparasitic braconid wasp, Diachasmimorpha longicaudata (Ashmead), parasitizing larvae of the Caribbean fruit fly, A. suspensa (Loew), ovipositing into fly larva in guava

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Few insect pests attack abiu, however, as the number of trees increases, various insects will most likely be found feeding on abiu. The Caribbean fruit fly (Anastrepha suspensa) attacks abiu allowed to over ripen (golden yellow color) on the tree. This may be prevented by picking fully mature fruit before they ripen on the tree

Please contact your local county extension agent for current control recommendations



Caribbean Fruit Fly


Since 1965, however, a new introduction of the pest into Florida has continued to spread and it now occurs in most of southern peninsular Florida, commonly north to Citrus and Volusia Counties, with isolated records north to Jacksonville (Ibrahim, 1980). Within the first three months following the discovery of A. suspensa in Florida in 1965, more than 14,000 adults were trapped in Dade County and identified by state entomologists. It has now developed into a major fruit fly problem for citrus and several other crops in Florida 1

 Distribution of the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew), in Florida.
Fig. 4 Larva(e) Distribution of the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew), in Florida.

Use of Diachasmimorpha longicaudata is planned as part of a two-pronged attack on the Caribbean fruit fly involving the release of parasites and sterile Caribbean fruit flies.

Further Reading
Caribbean Fruit Fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) from the University of Florida pdf 8 pages
A Parasitoid Wasp, Diachasmimorpha longicaudata from the University of Florida pdf
Bibliography

1 Weems, H. V., Heppner, Jr., J. B., Fasulo, T. R. and Nation, J. L. "Caribbean Fruit Fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) (Insecta: Diptera: Tephritidae)." edis.ifas.ufl.edu. This document is EENY-196 (originally published as DPI Entomology Circulars 38 and 260), one of a series of Featured Creatures from the Entomology and Nematology Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Published March 2001.  Reviewed July 2014. Web. 23 Apr. 2017.

Photographs

Fig. 1 Weston Lotz, Jeffrey . Caribbean Fruit Fly (female). 2005. Florida Department of Agriculture. commons.wikimedia.org. Web. 2 Feb. 2014.
Fig. 2 Caribbean fruit fly Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) larvae. 2010. Florida Division of Plant Industry Archive, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. bugwood.org. Web. 2 Feb. 2014.
Fig. 3 Lotz, Jeffrey. The endoparasitic braconid wasp, Diachasmimorpha longicaudata (Ashmead), parasitizing larvae of the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew). N. d. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry. freshfromflorida.com. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.
Fig. 4 Steck, G. J. and Sutton, B. D. Distribution of the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew), in Florida. N.d. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry. freshfromflorida.com. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.

Published 12 Apr. 2014 LR. Last update 23 Apr. 2017 LR
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