Light Eye Color Mutants as Genetic Markers for Released Populations of Hawaiian Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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Abstract:

Success in a sterile insect release program is partially dependent on positive classification of population samples to determine the ratio of released insects to the target population. Fluorescent powder applied to tephritid fruit fly pupae and current methods to trap and handle field samples produce uncertain results. We describe mutant phenotypes in three species of Hawaiian fruit flies; the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann); the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel); and melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), that allow rapid field identification of flies even after they have been dead and dried for several weeks.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1992

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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