Public enquiries as a result of the recent Queensland Fruit Fly response in Whangarei

Olwyn Green *1

1 Ministry for Primary Industries, PO Box 2095, Auckland 1140

Publicity surrounding the Queensland Fruit Fly (Bactrocera tryoni) response in Whangarei in January/February this year resulted in the usual increased number of public enquiries and public submissions to MPI.  The enquiries are analysed where identifications were possible. It is shown that lay-people particularly notice any flying insect with yellow markings “like the one on TV”, but a few surprises in the form of introduced Tephritidae were nearer to the mark.  

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