fly larvae in an orange
Fruit Fly Fact Sheet
The adult Queensland Fruit Fly is only about 7 mm long and reddish
brown with yellow markings. However, it is recognised as one of
the world's worst fruit pests - it could cost fruit growers more
than $100 million each year! Adult fruit flies lay their eggs in
ripe fruit, maggots then hatch from the eggs and tunnel through
the flesh of the fruit turning it into a brown, filthy pulp. This
means that the fruit is inedible. It lowers the profit farmers can
make from their fruit, prevents the sale of fruit to some interstate
and overseas markets, and can result in loss of jobs in the community.
is it found?
Queensland Fruit Fly is an Australian native insect, found in eastern
Australia in coastal districts from northern Queensland to eastern
Victoria, and in inland areas of Queensland and northern New South
Wales. However, when they are found in fruit production areas they
have devastating effects. In Victoria, New South Wales, and South
Australia a Tri-State Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone has been set up to
protect fruit production areas. Activities are conducted within
this area to stop the spread of fruit fly.
can I help?
If you have fruit trees in your backyard and live within the fruit
fly exclusion zone:
your fruit trees regularly, keeping the tops of the trees
to a manageable height making fruit picking easier;
any ripe fruit from fruit trees before it has a chance to
fall to the ground;
If fruit does fall to the ground, collect it immediately
and place it into a black plastic bag and leave in the sun for
3-7 days to kill any maggots in the fruit.