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<em>Bactrocera correcta</em>

Bactrocera correcta

Guava fruit fly
Previous scientific names: Chaetodacus correctus Bezzi, Dacus (Strumeta) correctus


Morphological – adult

Features include:

  • face fulvous with a pair of transverse elongate black spots almost meeting in centre
  • scutum black with dark red-brown along lateral and posterior margins
  • postpronotal lobes and notopleura yellow
  • mesopleural stripe reaching almost to anterior npl. seta dorsally
  • broad parallel sided lateral postsutural vittae ending behind ia. seta
  • medial postsutural vitta absent
  • scutellum yellow with narrow black basal band
  • legs with all segments entirely fulvous except hind tibiae pale fuscous
  • wings with cells bc and c colourless, both cells entirely devoid of microtrichia, a narrow pale fuscous costal band confluent with R2+3 and ending at apex of this vein, a small oval fuscous spot across apex of R4+5, anal streak absent but with a pale fuscous tint within cell cup
  • supernumerary lobe of medium development
  • abdominal terga III-V red-brown with a ‘T’ pattern consisting of a narrow transverse black band across anterior margin of tergum III and a narrow medial longitudinal black band over all three terga, narrow black anterolateral corners on terga IV and V, a pair of oval red-brown shining spots on tergum V
  • posterior lobe of male surstylus short
  • female with aculeus tip needle shaped (Drew and Romig 2013).

Morphological – larvae

Information not available.


Host Range

Bactrocera correcta has been recorded on hosts from a wide range of families. These include:

  • Anacardiaceae
  • Annonaceae
  • Apocynaceae
  • Arecaceae
  • Cactaceae
  • Capparaceae
  • Caricaceae
  • Combretaceae
  • Curcurbitaceae
  • Dipterocarpaceae
  • Elaeocarpaceae
  • Euphorbiaceae
  • Flacourtiaceae
  • Lecythidaceae
  • Malpighiaceae
  • Meliaceae
  • Moraceae
  • Musaceae
  • Myristicaceae
  • Myrtaceae
  • Olacaceae
  • Oxalidaceae
  • Rhamnaceae
  • Rosaceae
  • Rutaceae
  • Sapindaceae
  • Sapotaceae
  • Simaroubaceae

For a full list of recorded hosts see Allwood et al. 1999.

Major commercial hosts:

  • Anacardium occidentale (cashew)
  • Averrhoa carambola (carambola)
  • Mangifera indica (mango)
  • Manilkara zapota (sapodilla)
  • Mimusops elengi (Spanish cherry)
  • Muntingia calabura (Jamaican cherry)
  • Psidium guajava (guava)
  • Syzygium samarangense (water apple)
  • Ziziphus jujuba (common jujube)


Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand (Northern, Central Plains, Southern), southern China, Bhutan, Peninsular Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh (Drew and Romig 2013, Leblanc 2014).

Similar species

Bactrocera correcta is similar to the exotic B. dorsalis but differs in having transverse facial spots, an apical wing spot instead of a costal band and costal cells devoid of microtrichia. It is similar to B. zonata but has a predominantly black scutum.

Pest Status

  • Exotic
  • Major pest species, particularly in Vietnam


Beta-caryophyllene is a species-specific attractant for B. correcta that is more attractive than methyl eugenol (Wee et al. 2017).