Comparison of Longevity between a Laboratory Strain and a Natural Population of Anastrepha fraterculus (Diptera: Tephritidae) under Field Cage Conditions

Paula Gomez Cendra, Diego Segura, Armando Allinghi, Jorge Cladera, Juan Vilardi

Abstract


The South American fruit fly Anastrepha fraterculus (Wiedemann) is one of the most destructive fruit pests in this region, infesting major fruit crops. Implementation of the sterile insect technique (SIT) as part of an area-wide integrated approach against this species requires information on the survival of mass-reared and sterilized insects in the field and their ability to mate with wild females. The survival rates in field cages of both non-irradiated and irradiated laboratory flies were compared with that of wild flies. Both types of laboratory flies survived longer than their wild counterparts over the 8 days under the experimental conditions. The irradiation dose (70 Gy) did not affect survival of the laboratory reared flies. Our results improve the prospect of integrating the SIT into the control of A. fraterculus populations in Argentina.

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