Fruit flies are a little pest that can be a big problem.
can damage fruit and some vegetables and make it hard for our growers to sell what they grow to other places in Australia and around the world.
We don't have fruit fly in Tasmania now and that is thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people. If you live in one of the areas where fruit was found then your hard work was very important in helping get rid of fruit fly from our State.
If your school was asked to stop composting fruit and vegetable scraps as part of our fruit fly response – you can start composting again now!
If fruit fly ever come back to Tasmania we will need your help again, so you will need to know what to look for and how fruit fly grow and live. Have a look at the information below to find out more.
Queensland fruit fly
Queensland fruit flies (the scientific name is
Bactrocera tryoni) are found from Queensland all the way down to Victoria. They are not usually found in Tasmania and that's a very good thing, for the fruit, for us and especially for our fruit and vegetable growers who can sell what they grow to places where they don't like fruit fly any more than we do.
The Queensland fruit fly, like all other living creatures, has a life cycle. That means this little fly starts out as an egg and then over a period of weeks it turns into another fruit fly. This diagram helps explain how that life cycle works.
Download this life cycle diagram:
Which fruits and vegetables are host fruit?
Host fruits and vegetables are ones that fruit flies can sting and lay their eggs in. The eggs hatch into a larva which can also be called a maggot.
Common host produce includes apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, capsicums, cherries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, limes, mangoes, mulberries, nashis, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, quinces, raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes.
If you think you have produce infested with fruit fly, please call Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.