First records of Zaprionus indianus (Diptera: Drosophilidae), a pest species on commercial fruits from Panama and the United States of America
Kim van der Linde, Gary J. Steck, Ken Hibbard, Jeffrey S. Birdsley, Linette M. Alonso & David Houle. (2006)
Florida Entomologist, 89: 402-404.
© Photograph: Gary J. Steck
has continued its range expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
We report here the first observations from Panama (2003) and Florida, USA (2005). We
are confident that the invasions were discovered in progress in both places. This species
is a generalist that uses both cultivated and native fruits as breeding substrates. It has been
reported as a pest species on figs in Brazil but generally breeds only on fallen fruits or on
damaged fruits still on the tree. Diagnostic characteristics of the species are provided.