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Fruit fly on Flinders Island

Biosecurity Tasmania has identified the larvae of two fruit fly on a residential property at Lady Barron on Flinders Island. Entomologists have identified the larvae as a species of Bactrocera fruit fly.

The larvae were discovered on apricot fruit grown in a residential backyard. Biosecurity officers are currently conducting survey work on the property and liaising with the property owners. At this stage, the incursion appears to be an isolated incident. These investigations will look at response planning as well as treatment options for the potentially infected fruit.

Residents in and around Lady Barron will receive information in coming days that will outline Biosecurity Tasmania’s response plan, the treatment options and what measures people can take relating to the movement and removal of fruit.

The Flinders Island community, together with visitors to the island are urged to be vigilant and to look out for signs of fruit fly and larvae. Fruit fly larvae look like blowfly maggots and are usually easy to see in the flesh of the fruit. People are required by law to report promptly any signs of fruit fly on their property. If you see anything suspicious, immediately call the Biosecurity Operations Centre on 1800 084 881.

Images and more information about fruit fly can be found on the DPIPWE website (external link).

Situation update – 23 January 2018

Biosecurity Tasmania has confirmed a second detection of fruit fly larvae in apricots, located at Trouser Point Flinders Island.

Further investigation, surveillance and treatment will be undertaken by Biosecurity Tasmania at this new location.

Infected areas and Control zones will be implemented on Flinders Island to control host produce movement.

Flinders Island residents are urged to be vigilant, look out for signs of fruit fly and contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3777 if they see anything of concern.


Acknowledgement: Reproduced from notifications 1/2018 and 2/2018 issued by Biosecurity Tasmania

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