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Stay updated on Queensland fruit fly information specifically tailored to the Greater Sunraysia area by signing up to our quarterly newsletter. We have also engaged the services of Andrew Jessup who has assisted us with some agronomic advice for the months ahead.

Grower newsletter archive

Issue #6 - July 2020

In this edition

  • Funding boost for local fruit fly program

  • Growers rejoice as fruit fly numbers hit three-year low

  • Outsmarting fruit fly in Sunraysia

  • Rising to the challenge

  • Outbreaks in South Australia

  • Sign up to prevent fruit fly

Issue #5 - March 2020

In this edition 

  • Lowest number of QFF trapped in five years

  • Don't forget your trial varieties and pollinators

  • Working together to protect our crops

  • Your autumn checklist

  • Building a strong national fruit fly system

  • New trapping strategy to be tested on grapes

Issue #4 - December 2019

In this edition

  • Queensland fruit fly numbers growing

  • Don't be deceived by low fruit fly numbers

  • GSPFA Christmas closure

Issue #3 - October 2019

In this edition

  • Regional trends

  • Activity in Spring

  • Sterile flies

Issue #2 - April 2019

In this edition

  • Bait spray field day

  • Weather impacts on QFF

  • QFF overall outlook

  • Seasonal outlook.

Issue #1 - February 2019

In this edition

  • Welcome

  • Regional Trends

  • Property fly catch data

  • Scientific Observations.

Andrew Jessup is a pest management and market access entomologist with decades of research with fruit flies including development of area wide management strategies for pre-harvest control of fruit flies.

Qfly building up in GSPFA - March 2021


With Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) numbers building up instead of declining this month, growers should now have their traps out and ensure they have supplies of baits of pesticides should numbers continue to increase.

The high temperatures and low rainfalls that usually occur in the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) in December and January put pressure on the survival of Qfly, but this season’s conditions have allowed the pest to mate and breed easily.

Increased expected rainfall and higher than average minimum temperatures forecast for the next three months are also favourable to mass Qfly survival. Growers need to be on the lookout for any early ripening or late hanging fruit as this is what the new Qfly generation will use to increase their population.


You can read entomologist Andrew Jessup’s full report, with seasonal trends and advice, here.

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Effects of La Niña on Qfly


La Niña – it’s the term on everyone’s lips right now, but what does it mean for Qfly populations and control in the GSPFA?

​Andrew anticipates that La Niña means more Qfly problems in 2020–21, and more problems in home gardens and commercial orchards in 2021–22, unless timely and adequate Qfly management options are in place.

Andrew Jessup