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Oriental fruit fly

Have you seen Oriental fruit fly symptoms?

Be on the lookout for the symptoms of the Oriental fruit fly and report them to Biosecurity Queensland. Early detection and reporting of symptoms are essential for controlling this pest.

The Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) is a serious worldwide pest that requires strict quarantine measures if discovered. It is native to South East Asia and is widespread in parts of the tropical world including China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, southeast Asian countries, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Palau, French Polynesia and many African countries. This species is the worst pest of tropical horticulture as it infests over 300 different types of fruit and vegetables.

Oriental fruit fly was detected in Cairns in 1995 (then known as Asian papaya fruit fly Bactrocera papayae) and was successfully eradicated in 1999. Queensland maintains a strong ongoing surveillance and trapping program to protect Queensland's fruit and vegetable industries affected by this pest.