Application Note: Case Study - Assessment of Attractiveness of Plants as Roosting Sites for the Melon Fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae, and the Oriental Fruit Fly, B. dorsalis
5 December 2016

In this study, Dr. Grant McQuate, Researcher with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Hilo, Hawaii, investigates the attractiveness of different plant species as roosting hosts for melon fly and oriental fruit fly, B. dorsalis. This analysis was performed using the CI-203 Handheld Laser Leaf Area Meter to measure leaf areas of different plant species, permitting the standardization of fly catch by leaf area.