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Two more fruit flies found in Auckland

Staff Writer |
The discovery of two more fruit flies has heightened concerns of a small breeding population in Auckland.

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A fourth male Queensland fruit fly has been found in a trap in Northcote and a third facialis fruit fly has been found in O-tara, the Ministry for Primary Industries said on Wednesday.

Auckland University biological sciences professor Jacqueline Beggs said any detection of a fruit fly was concerning. But the fact numbers had risen to eight meant it could be more likely there was a small breeding population in Auckland, she said. Short of closing New Zealand's borders, there was no way to stop fruit flies from entering the country.

No further flies had been found in Devonport since a Queensland fruit fly was discovered on February 14.

The Northcote find was about 80 metres inside the current controlled Zone A and no further restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables were required in the suburb, MPI said.

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