Fruit fly days numbered
The number of invasive Queensland fruit flies detected in Auckland continues grow, but experts are confident the insects won’t gain a foothold in the city.
The latest update from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) reports that a total of eight adult Queensland fruit flies have been captured in Auckland. So far, DNA testing has shown all the flies are genetically similar, suggesting they are most likely dealing with a single incursion.
Also know as Q-fly, the species can infest more than 100 kinds of fruit and vegetables and if a breeding population became established in New Zealand it could have significant impact on the horticultural industry.