Trapping Male Melon Flies, Zeugodacus cucurbitae (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tephritidae), Using Mixtures of Zingerone and Cue-Lure in the Field

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2018-12-31
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Inskeep, Jess R.
Spafford, Helen
Shelly, Todd E.
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Hawaiian Entomological Society
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50
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67
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75
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The males of many fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) are strongly attracted to, and feed upon, a few natural compounds (and their synthetic analogs; commonly referred to as “lures”). Zingerone is a lure that has garnered recent attention for its use as an attractant for ecological surveys and pest management of select fruit flies. We investigated the attraction of male melon flies, Zeugodacus cucurbitae (Coquillett), to zingerone and mixtures of zingerone and cue-lure (the typical lure for this species) at a commercial farm on Oahu, Hawaii. Our findings indicate that zingerone and mixtures of zingerone and cue-lure are less attractive than cue-lure alone to male melon flies in the field, and the number of captured flies is positively and linearly correlated to the quantity of cue-lure in traps.
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Zeugodacus cucurbitae, zingerone
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Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society (2018) 50: 67-75.
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