Fruit fly watch SA

Fruit fly - spot them so we can STOP them!

To keep SA fruit fly free we need to know if they make their way into our suburban gardens.

If fruit fly are found we can begin control and eradication activities including:

  • cleaning up fruit and vegetables in the area
  • preventing fresh fruit and vegetables leaving the area
  • trapping
  • releasing sterile insects.

Help us to keep SA fruit fly free:

What to look for

Look for fruit fly larvae (maggots) by cutting open ripe or spoiled fruit that:

  • you picked from the tree
  • has fallen on the ground.

Look for adult fruit fly:

  • landing or hovering around fruit and fruit trees
  • active from dawn and into the first few hours of the day
  • resting in shady trees and shrubs during the heat of the day.

Fruit fly larvae (maggots) grow inside fruit:

Fruit fly larvae
Fruit fly larvae, Attribution Creative Commons Licence BY
Fruit fly larvae
Fruit fly larvae, Attribution Creative Commons Licence BY

Queensland fruit fly are about 6-8mm long:

Queensland fruit fly - <i>Bactrocera tryoni</i>
Queensland fruit fly - Bactrocera tryoni, Attribution Creative Commons Licence BY
Queensland fruit fly - <i>Bactrocera tryoni</i>
Queensland fruit fly - Bactrocera tryoni, Attribution Creative Commons Licence BY

Mediterranean fruit fly are about 3-5mm long:

Male Mediterranean fruit fly - <i>Ceratitis capitata</i>
Male Mediterranean fruit fly - Ceratitis capitata, Attribution Creative Commons Licence BY
Female Mediterranean fruit fly - <i>Ceratitis capitata</i>
Female Mediterranean fruit fly - Ceratitis capitata, Attribution Creative Commons Licence BY

Video of fruit fly:

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Page Last Reviewed: 25 Jan 2017
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