Last Friday, 10th May, another Queensland fruit fly was found in the current Northcote controlled area. This discovery brings the total to eight, since the 20th February this year.
Despite this eighth find in the area, Biosecurity New Zealand states that it does not mean that there is a breeding population.
In response to the new find, there has been an expansion of the B Zone in Northcote and put in place a new A Zone surrounding the area around the new detection by 200m. Fallen fruit will still be removed, and bait will be placed on fruit trees.
Detailed maps of the controlled areas and a full description of the boundaries, and full information about the rules are at:
MPI Fruit fly webpage
Timeline of single male Queensland fruit fly discoveries in Northcote NZ, 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
10th May - Eighth discovery, 1.6 kilometres away from where the last fly was found
For more information please visit the Biosecurity New Zealand website here.
Image credit to Biosecurity New Zealand
This work is based on/includes MPI data which is licensed by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.