A single male fruit fly has been found in Auckland, the seventh discovery in the area since 20th February this year. The latest find is an elderly fly, suggesting that it may be from the same cohort as the earlier discoveries. There is no evidence of a breeding population.
The Controlled Area Notice for Northcote has now been reinstated (it was lifted on the 12th April when no further Queensland fruit flies were discovered since the 14th March). Enhanced trapping continues as a precautionary measure.
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
25th Apr - Seventh discovery, 460 metres away from the area the first six where discovered
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