Population dynamics of different species of fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae) in Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan

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Population dynamics of different species of fruit flies (Diptera, Tephritidae) in Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan

Nadia Kanwal, Muhammad Asrar, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir, Amjad Farooq, Khizar Samiullah, Riffat Yasin, Muhammad Azeem, Rana Mehroz Fazal, Awais Ali Chatha, Hussnian Jabbar, Ghulam Hussain
J. Bio. Env. Sci.13( 2), 194-199, August 2018.
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Fruit fly belongs to family Tephritidae found all over the world. Nearly 5000 described spp. of tephrited fruit fly have been categorized in almost 500 genera. Fruit flies are the most important limiting factor due to economic importance and direct damage to the fruit crops. The aim of this study was to define fruit fly species diversity and population dynamics on mango trees at BZU Multan. Three species Bactrocera dorsalis, B. zonata and B. cucurbitae were collected through methyl eugenol trap after every seven days and preserved. The main peak populations of fruit flies were captured during month of August i.e. B. cucurbitae 212, B. dorsalis 210 and B. zonata 201 respectively while minimum number of fruit flies were captured in month of February, coinciding with the phonological stages of fruiting, ripening, and harvesting of fruits. Results of the present investigation may be utilized in developing a sustainable pest management strategy in the agro ecological system.


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