Pepper Fruit Fly Atherigona orientalis (Schiner) (Insecta: Diptera: Muscidae)
Adult Atherigona orientalis.
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How to Cite

Hibbard, Kenneth L., and William A. Overholt. 2012. “Pepper Fruit Fly Atherigona Orientalis (Schiner) (Insecta: Diptera: Muscidae): EENY-539/IN948, 9/2012”. EDIS 2012 (10). Gainesville, FL.


Although it is commonly referred to as the pepper fruit fly or tomato fruit fly, Atherigona orientalis is not a true fruit fly in the family Tephritidae, but rather a member of the Muscidae, the same family to which the common house fly belongs. It is found in most tropical and subtropical areas of the world and is usually considered a secondary pest or “trash fly.” But it can sometimes be a primary pest of certain agricultural crops, most notably plants in the family Solanaceae. This 4-page fact sheet was written by Kenneth L. Hibbard and William A. Overholt, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, September 2012.

EENY-539/IN948: Pepper Fruit Fly Atherigona orientalis (Schiner) (Insecta: Diptera: Muscidae) (
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