The Host Plants of Bactrocera tau in Taiwan
Lin, M. Y., S. K. Chen and Y. C. Liu
In study of the host fruits of B. tau, 51 species fruits belong to 20 families were tested in the laboratory, among them 41 species fruits belong to 16 families were considered to be the hosts for B. tau, since they could provide the larvae of this species as food for the normal development and growth, to complete the generation, and further for the emerged females to produce the offspring fertile eggs. For field surveys, 599 infested fruits belong to 26 species plants were examined from different areas in the cultivated fields, among them, 10 species of fruits were proved infested by B. tau as the host plants, which are Luffa aegyptiaca, Lagenaria siceraria, Cucumis anguria, Momordica charantia, Cucumis sativus, Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita maxima, Solanum muricatum, Prunus salicina and Carica papaya.
Key words: Bactrocera tau, host plants, Taiwan
Accepted for publication: 12 April, 2005