The Queensland fruit fly

Unlike the small fruit flies that we usually in the fruit trees, this Queensland fruit fly is big and it looks more like a wasp than a fruit fly. That is why it took me so long before I was able to identify what was harming the star fruits in our garden.

The QFF (Queensland Fruit Fly) has a stinger at the bottom like a wasp but it is not to sting. What it does is to bore a hole on the fruit to deposit its egg. One egg buried in the star fruit will cause a dot on the fruit. Sometimes there would be 10 eggs so that makes for 10 dots on the fruit which cannot be eaten anymore. The QFF is a pesky pest.

  • Do you see fruit flies in your garden?

    • Yes
    • No
    • sometimes
    • we have no garden


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Written by Alex Socorro

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