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common name: guava fruit fly
scientific name: Anastrepha striata Schiner (Insecta: Diptera: Tephritidae)

Introduction - Synonymy - Distribution - Description - Hosts - Survey and Detection - Selected References

Introduction (Back to Top)

The guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, is one of the most common species of fruit flies throughout most of its range. However, it has not acquired a well-established common name as have others such as the Mexican, Caribbean, and Mediterranean fruit flies. This probably is because it is not considered to be of primary economic importance, although it often is abundant and may be highly destructive to dooryard plantings of some tropical fruits.

However, Anastrepha striata is an important pest in the American tropics and subtropics, especially of guavas and other myrtaceous fruits, although it has also been reported to attack mango, mombins, orange and peach. It is considered a pest of quarantine significance by USDA-APHIS-PPQ and many other regulatory agencies. The main damage is caused by the larvae, which feed inside the fruit (Norrbum 2001).

Synonymy (Back to Top)

Dictya cancellaria Fabricius 1805

(From Norrbum 2001)

Distribution (Back to Top)

This species is found in Mexico (north to southern Sinaloa, Aguascalientes and northern Veracruz) and south to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. In the West Indies, it is found in Trinidad (White and Elson-Harris 1994). A few specimens have been collected in the United States (southern Texas and California), but A. striata is not currently established there (Norrbum 2001).

Description (Back to Top)

Adult: The adult fruit fly is rather small to medium sized; yellow brown, thorax patterned with black. The length of mesonotum is 2.45–3.57 mm. Wings are 5.9–7.7 mm long, with yellow brown bands; costal and S bands touching on vein R4+5 and usually again just anterior to vein R2=3, leaving a small hyaline spot in cell R3; V band complete, separated from S band, outer arm narrow.

Thorax of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, dorsal view.

Figure 1. Thorax of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, dorsal view. Graphic by Division of Plant Industry.

Wing of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner.

Figure 2. Wing of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner. Graphic by Division of Plant Industry.

Female terminalia: ovipositor sheath 2.6-2.9 mm long, stout, tapering posteriorly, spiracles 1.05 mm from base. The rasper is well developed, hooks elongate, slender, in four or five rows. The ovipositor is 2.0-2.15 mm long, stout, tip broad and blunt without distinct serrations; and the shaft is slightly broadened at base.

Ovipositor of adult female guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner.

Figure 3. Ovipositor of adult female guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner. Drawing by Division of Plant Industry.

Male terminalia: tergal ratio about 1.19; claspers about 0.44 mm long, flattened, posterior surface with a distinct carina from near base to apex of teeth; lateral margin beyond teeth convex, carinate; extreme apex narrow, abruptly turned posteriorly; teeth about at middle. The only species with thoracic pattern and wing pattern closely resembling this species is Anastrepha bistrigata Bezzi. Lateral half of brown stripe on mesoscutum from transverse suture to scutellum denuded in A. striata; brown stripe wholly setose in A. bistrigata.

White and Elson-Harris (1994) state that A. striata is separated from the other species with a complete Anastrepha type wing pattern by the short (under 2.0 mm) aculeus witha non-serrate apex and U-shaped pattern on the scutum.

Anastrepha striata is the only species of Anastrepha in which the mating behavior is known to include trophallaxis (passing of a substance from the male to the female via the mouthparts) (Norrbum 2001).

Egg:

Egg of the guava fruit fly, A. striata compared with other common Anastrepha species.

Figure 4. Egg of the guava fruit fly, A. striata compared with other common Anastrepha species. Drawing by Division of Plant Industry.

Larva: The larva is a typical, pale yellowish-white fruit fly maggot, cylindrical in shape, with inconspicuous head and 11 body segments which are not clearly separable into thoracic and abdominal regions.

Third instar larva of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, lateral view.

Figure 5. Third instar larva of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, lateral view. Drawing by Division of Plant Industry.

The larval head is a compound structure appearing as a single small segment with no definite head capsule. The oral cavity is composed of a longitudinal cavity which contains two black mouth hooks that move up and down. Outer portions of hooks protrude from preoral cavity, and bases articulate with pharyngeal skeleton. Shape of hooks and form of pharyngeal skeleton provide useful identification characters, as do buccal carinae. A. striata has eight to nine buccal carinae.

Pharyngeal skeleton and mouth hooks of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, lateral view.

Figure 6. Pharyngeal skeleton and mouth hooks of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, lateral view. Drawing by Division of Plant Industry.

Head of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner., lateral view, showing buccal carinae and anterior spiracle.

Figure 7. Head of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, lateral view, showing buccal carinae and anterior spiracle. Drawing by Division of Plant Industry.

The two anterior spiracles, located laterally at base of first body segment behind head, are modified ends of tracheae divided into small tubules or digits. Anterior spiracles are small and asymmetrical in shape, anterior margin of each, in A. striata, bearing 13 to 17 tubules arranged in a transverse row with median indentation as seen in profile. Caudal segment possesses pair of posterior spiracles, each with three long spiracular openings called "slits". Length, width, and position of these are useful characters in separating species. Posterior spiracular entrances of A. striata about five times longer than wide; posterior spiracular hairs numerous and slender.

Posterior spiracles (left) and posterior spiracle with spiracular hairs above (right).

Figure 8. Posterior spiracles (left) and posterior spiracle with spiracular hairs above (right) of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner. Drawing by Division of Plant Industry.

The caudal segment may contain tubercles or papillules, which often are indistinct. Presence, absence, size, position, and number of these tubercles may be useful in identification of fruit fly larvae. A. striata has four small caudal papillules above and below posterior spiracles. Caudal papillules of A. striata below posterior spiracles usually minute or apparently absent or arranged in a transverse row, in contrast, for example, to those of the Mexican fruit fly, Anastrepha ludens (Loew), which are arranged in two rows, a lateral pair well ventrad of mesal pair.

Posterior extremity of third instar larva of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner.

Figure 9. Posterior extremity of third instar larva of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner. Drawing by Division of Plant Industry.

The anal lobes of A. striata are bifid. The full-grown larva can grow to 10 mm in length and approximately 2 mm in diameter.

Posterior extremity of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, ventral view.

Figure 10. Posterior extremity of the guava fruit fly, Anastrepha striata Schiner, ventral view. Drawing by Division of Plant Industry.

Hosts (Back to Top)

Guava, Psidium guajava L., is the preferred food host.

Other hosts include:

This fruit fly has been reared in the laboratory from Surinam cherry or pitanga, Eugenia uniflora; and sapodilla, Manilkara zapota. (White and Elson-Harris 1994).

Survey and Detection (Back to Top)

Larvae can be collected from infested fruit, but are very difficult to identify except when raised to adults. They tend to flex and jump up to 25 mm when mature. For larval preservation, kill in boiling water, place in 50% alcohol for 2 days, then to 75% isopropyl alcohol. Adults usually are collected by stickyboard and baited traps.

Selected References (Back to Top)