A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
November 2004. Palau asked about the status of betel nut as a fruit fly host, in particular the stage of maturity vulnerable to infestation.
In Southeast Asia, betel nut (no ripeness stage given) is listed as a host for Bactrocera arecae, B correcta, B dorsalis, B papayae [Allwood et al. (1999) Host plant records for fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Southeast Asia. The Raffles Bulletion of ZoologySupplement No. 7]
In PNG, Bactrocera frauenfeldi is recorded as being reared in low numbers from ripe betel nut [Leblanc et al. (2001) Fruit Flies in Papua New Guinea. Pest Advisory Leaflet No. 37. Secretariat of the Pacific Community – Plant Protection Service.]
See the CABI Crop Protection Compendium for fruit fly species in betel nut recorded from other parts of the world.