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IDENTIFYING FRUIT FLY

Adult Queensland fruit fly are typically about 7 millimetres long and are reddish-brown in colour, with distinct yellow markings.

Fruit fly are often not discovered until fruit is cut open and a visual inspection detects creamy – white maggots burrowing inside.

Other indicators of fruit fly activity include the detection of small puncture marks or stings on the skin of fruit. These marks are left from female fruit fly after the laying of eggs and prematurely ripen fruit.

The fruit fly’s rapid breeding cycle can lead to significant population growth over a short period. There are four stages in the fruit fly life cycle: egg, maggot (larva), pupa and adult fly.

Agriculture Victoria developed the following video about about the life cycle of Queensland fruit fly, how it spreads, and how to monitor fruit and vegetables for signs of infestation and control numbers.