Another type of fruit fly found in Auckland

A new species of fruit fly has been found in South Auckland.

Biosecurity New  Zealand said this afternoon the facialis fruit fly was caught in a surveillance trap in Otara yesterday.

It was a different species to the Queensland fruit fly and unrelated to a separate biosecurity incident in Devonport.

So far, just the single specimen had been found and there was no indication of an incursion.

Ministry for Primary Industries director General Ray Smith said the facialis species was native to Tonga, where it had badly affected crops of capsicum and chilli.

It appeared to be less harmful to other fruit and vegetables, he said.

As a tropical fruit fly, it may not be at home in New Zealand's climate.

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