A low cost bisexual food baited trap for Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillet) (Tephritidae: Diptera) in gourds

  • Kishor Pujar
  • T. Elaiyabharathi
  • T. Kempraj
  • C. Kavitha

Abstract

A low cost fruit fly trap was designed to attract the fruit flies with food baits. The preliminary field experiments were conducted for selecting the food bait and its concentration. A combination of 30 g of banana pulp + 3 ml of food grade alcohol selected and tested in gourds namely snake gourd (Trichosanthes anguina L.), ridge gourd (Luffa acutangula L.) and bitter gourd (Momordica charantia L.) in Coimbatore and Dharmapuri. The food bait attracted both sexes of B. cucurbitae with female: male ratio 0.78:1 and the cost of trap and food bait costs only 43 rupees per acre.

Author Biographies

Kishor Pujar

Department of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore 641003, Tamil Nadu, India

T. Elaiyabharathi

Department of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore 641003, Tamil Nadu, India

T. Kempraj

Department of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore 641003, Tamil Nadu, India

C. Kavitha

Department of Fruit Crops, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore - 641003, Tamil Nadu, India

Published
2018-12-31
How to Cite
Pujar, K., Elaiyabharathi, T., Kempraj, T., & Kavitha, C. (2018). A low cost bisexual food baited trap for Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillet) (Tephritidae: Diptera) in gourds. ENTOMON, 43(4), 287-290. https://doi.org/10.33307/entomon.v43i4.410
Section
Short Communications