Australia

Dried fruit beetle (carpophilus beetle)

Carpophilus spp.

Adult Carpophilus are small at around 3mm long, oblong shaped beetles with short wing covers such that the end of the abdomen is not covered and have clubbed antennae.  They can be black, brown or mottled yellow. Larvae are yellowish with a brown head and forked tail and are about 5mm long when fully grown.

Damage: Most commercial feeding damage is done to ripening stone fruit. Stone fruit can be attacked on the tree, beetles burrow into the fruit, particularly near the stem end suture line.  They also enter through splits and mechanical damage. In other fruits such as citrus, apples and figs, only fallen fruit is attacked.