Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) is regarded as one of the most destructive agricultural pests worldwide. Apart from lowering production and making fruit inedible, it has severe effects on trade to sensitive local and international markets.
About the pest
Adult Medflies are 3-5mm long and light brown in colour, with distinct brown bands extending to the wing tips. The female pierces the skin of a fruit to lay her eggs beneath the surface, causing the fruit to start rotting. Larvae (maggots – 12-20mm long) emerge from the eggs and feed on the pulp of the fruit.
Medfly is spread by moving uncertified host fruit out of infested areas.
Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources video: Australia’s fruit fly pest free areas
This video by the Australia Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources gives an overview of the quarantine measures in place to prevent the spread of Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly in Australia.
Watch the video (YouTube external link)