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NASCIMENTO, Antonio S. et al. Association of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) with the sticky disease of papaya (Carica papaya L.). An. Soc. Entomol. Bras. [online]. 2000, vol.29, n.4, pp. 821-827. ISSN 1981-5328. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0301-80592000000400024.
Since 1988, the medfly Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) was described infesting papaya (Carica papaya) cv. Sunrise Solo in North of the State of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Two experiments were carried out to determine the infestation of C. capitata and Anastrepha obliqua (Macq.) in papaya fruit, healthy and infected by sticky disease. In the 1st experiment (forced infestation), no infestation of C. capitata in the healthy fruits was observed, and 60.6 pupae/fruit were obtained in the infected fruit. For A. obliqua, the infestation index was 10.3 and 72.4 pupae/fruit for healthy and infected fruit respectively. In the 2nd experiment (inoculated eggs), the infestation index for C. capitata was 4.0 and 6.3 pupae/fruit and for A. obliqua 10.1 and 10.4 pupae/fruit, for healthy and infected fruit respectively. The high suscetibility of green fruit of papaya infected by sticky disease for C. capitata and A. obliqua was discussed
Keywords : Insecta; Ceratitis capitata; Anastrepha obliqua; host plant; susceptibility.