Eradication of the Melon Fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae, in Japan: Importance of Behavior, Ecology, Genetics, and Evolution

Juro Koyama, Hiroyuki Kakinohana, Takahisa Miyatake

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The melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae, is a destructive insect of cucurbit and other fruits. It invaded the Southwestern Islands of Japan from 1919 to 1974. The sterile insect technique (SIT) was successfully applied from 1972 to 1993 to eradicate the melon fly. Technical research into SIT functions, such as suppression of density, mass-rearing, sterilization, shipment, release, evaluation of efficacy, and quality control of mass-reared insects, was conducted for this eradication project. Fundamental research into the dispersion, mating and oviposition behavior, population dynamics and estimation of density, eradication models, spatial distribution, genetics, and evolution of the melon fly was also undertaken and supported the success of the eradication project.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-349
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual Review of Entomology
Publication statusPublished - Feb 24 2004



  • Distribution
  • Mass-rearing
  • Mating behavior
  • Sterile insect technique
  • Sterilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science

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