Insect Pests - Baluchistan Melon Fly
Developed by Mark Henderson, Mark Bell, Frank Zalom, and Emily Symmes (July 2009)
"What is the Baluchistan Melon Fly?
The Baluchistan Melon Fly (Myiopardalis pardalina) is a major pest of melons and other cucurbits. It is distributed throughout the Middle East and western Asia from Israel to India. Eggs of the Baluchistan melon fly (BMF) are able to survive harsh winter conditions. It has a 30 day life cycle when conditions are optimal. Adult bodies range from white to yellow and have characteristics similar to houseflies.
What is the Damage Caused?
Adult flies pierce fruits, such as melons to lay eggs under the skin. Upon emerging from the egg, the long white larvae eat and destroy fruit then burrow out. Because the life cycle is short, it is common to have 3-4 generations per season. Crop loss can be as high as 80%.
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