Invasive Species Compendium

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Current status of the Solanum fruit fly Bactrocera latifrons (Hendel) in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo.


Fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) are well-known for their invasiveness and propagation through the movement of infested products. Also, they constitute the limiting factor for fruit and vegetable exploitation. Bactrocera latifrons Hendel is present throughout the Kabare area in the South Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in Solanum aethiopicum and Capsicum frutescens. It is a species of Asian origin. It is a major destructive pest of fruits and vegetables of the family of Solanaceae and, to a lesser extent, Cucurbitaceae. It displays a rapid progression given that it invaded other territories even entire eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo.