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Fun Fact
3 September 2020

Did you know, a female Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) can lay up to 100 eggs a day throughout her lifetime at room temperature (when it’s cold, she may produce far fewer eggs).

The eggs are laid just under the surface of fruit and the maggots or larvae hatch from the egg after two to three days and start feeding on the fruit. Larvae quickly grow from 1mm to 1cm long (and look a lot like a grain of rice) when mature.

The most likely way that fruit flies can arrive in New Zealand is in infested fresh fruit and vegetables. Be vigilant and keep watch during the high-risk season, which is September through to June. It is often difficult to spot adult fruit flies on fruit trees; the better option is to look out for any larvae in fruit. Report any finds or anything else unusual to either Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66 or KVH on 0800 665 825.

Read more about fruit flies on the KVH website here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591