Two more male Queensland fruit fly have been discovered in Northcote in the last 5 days. This brings the total discoveries since the 20th February to six.
Timeline of single male Queensland fruit fly discoveries in Northcote 2019;
20th Feb - First discovery of a single male Queensland fruit fly
23rd Feb - Second discovery
28th Feb – Third discovery, 270 metres from where the last was found
4th Mar – Fourth discovery, approximately 80 metres from where the last was found
10th Mar – Fifth discovery, 60 metres from where the last was found
14th Mar - Sixth discovery, 650 metres south of the original find
In response, there will be an expansion of Zone A and further restrictions on the movement of fruit, vegetables and green waste. Bait will also be placed on fruit trees to attract and kill adult flies.
Although there have been no further finds of Queensland fruit fly in Devonport since a single male was discovered on the 14th February, because of its close proximity to Northcote, restrictions and trapping there will continue.
For more information please visit the Biosecurity New Zealand website here.
Image credit to Biosecurity New Zealand
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