Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Research notes
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2000
Publication Date: 10/17/2000
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The tephritid fly Anastrepha spatulata Stone is commonly captured in traps set in commercial fruit groves in both Latin America and the USA. Considerable unsuccessful efforts have been made to discover the host. We report that the host has finally been identified in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. It is a bushy plant, Schoepfia schreberi Gmelin (Olacaceae), known nin Mexico as "guaybillo" or "palo meco". The fruit is surprisingly small with little pulp, and the single larvae that infests a fruit feeds upon the seed. Two parasitoids, Doryctobracon areolatus (Szepligeti) and D. toxotrypanae (Muesebeck), were found to attack A. spatulata. This is the first record of Anastrepha parasitism for the later species.