Fruit Fly - Family Tephritidae  

This page contains pictures and information about Fruit Flies that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia

Body length 8mm 

Adults in this family are from small to medium size. Their wings are often patterned. Females have ovipositor to insert eggs into fruits or flower buds.

Most larvae in this family are fruit  feeders and some are serious economic pests. The female Fruit flies insert their eggs inside fruit and the larvae live inside. 

Queensland Fruit fly
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Bactrocera tryoni, body length 8mm
We found quite a number of this flies on the peach tree in Botanic Garden in Mt Coot-Tha. The fly is mostly orange-brown in colour with yellow strips on thorax. Its abdomen is stout with a pale brown band. Its wings are with dark front edges and dark base. 
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We found this Queensland Fruit Fruit Fly in a house front yard. It is trying to lay eggs in a rose bud. The fly also lay eggs in different kind of fruits, basically only pineapple and strawberry are not affected. 
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Their larvae hatch and live inside the infected fruit. When the larvae become mature, and the fruit usually becomes rotten and fall onto the ground, the larvae come out and pupate in soil. 
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Unknown Fruit Fly 1
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Photo: Keith Power, Toowoomba
Subfamily Tephritinae
Unknown Fruit Fly 2
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? sp., body length 10mm
Pictures were taken on  Alexandra Hill during early spring. For some reasons, one of the fly's wing was broken.
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Last updated: January 10, 2005.