Efficacy of different food attractants for control of fruit flies [Bactrocera tau and B. cucurbitae (Diptera : tephritidae)]

Meena Thakur*, Divender Gupta

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Laboratory experiments were carried out to find out the efficacy of food substances namely protein hydrolysate, yeast hydrolysate, sugar, bitter gourd and cucumber, towards newly emerged fruit fly, Bactrocera tau and B. cucurbitae adults. The food substances exhibited clear differences in attractiveness. Protein hydrolysate proved most attractive for both B. tau (6.1 adult/30 min) and B. cucurbitae (6.3 adults/30 min) followed by yeast hydrolysate (4.9 and 5.1 adults/30 min, respectively). Although both the species showed similar trend of preference for the test food material, but B. tau adults preferred bitter gourd (3.7/30 min) in comparison to cucumber (2.6/30 min). Females fruit flies were more active visitors in case of both B. tau and B. cucurbitae with an average of 4.6 and 4.8 females/30 min, respectively as compared to males (3.8 and 3.9 males/30 min, respectively).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-580
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural and Statistical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bactrocera tau
  • B. cucurbitae
  • Food attractants
  • Protein hydrolysate
  • Yeast hydrolysate


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