Guava Fruit Fly Pest Profile

Guava Fruit Fly

Common Name:

Guava Fruit Fly

Scientific Name:

Bactrocera correcta (Bezzi)

Order and Family:

Diptera, Tephritidae


Bactrocera correcta is a brightly-colored brown and yellow fly approximately six millimeters (mm) in length. The wings are clear with a yellow spot. The top of the body of both sexes are entirely yellow and the legs mostly yellow. The ovipositor of the female is red and rather short, measuring approximately 3.0 mm when fully extended. Immature stages of B. correcta have not been described in the literature.

History and Economic Importance

This fruit fly is strongly attracted to methyl eugenol and is detected in Oriental fruit fly detection traps baited with methyl eugenol. B. correcta has the potential to become a major pest of citrus, peach, and several kinds of tropical and subtropical fruit hosts.


B. correcta occurs in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Life Cycle:

There is no developmental information on B. correcta, but it is probably similar to B. zonata. Bactrocera correcta lives in the company of B. zonata and B. tuberculatus, feeding on the same fruits.

Hosts and Damage:

Recorded hosts include Citrus spp., Coffea canephora, Eugenia uniflora, mango, peach, guava, castor bean, castor-oil-plant, roseapple, jujube, Chinese date, fig and sapodilla. Hosts of B. zonata must be considered potential hosts for B. correcta.