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Relationship Between Host Plant Fruiting Phenology and Ceratitis capitata Distribution and Abundance in Hawaii

  • E. J. Harris


The Mediterranean fruit fly, (Ceratitis capitata Wiedemann) was introduced into Hawaii in 1910 (Back and Pemberton, 1918). At that time fruits and vegetables were commonly grown in Hawaii for local consumption. The Aloha Tower harbor area in downtown Honolulu (Figure 1), between Punchbowl, School, and Liliha streets had 4610 trees and shrubs. Over 95% of these trees were C. capitata hosts. Under these favorable conditions the fly quickly became established and spread throughout Oahu and other Hawaiian islands.


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