Apple maggot

Apple maggot

Photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

  • Fruit fly that primarily attacks apples
  • Cream coloured legless larvae (up to 10 mm long) leave brown trail through fruit flesh
  • Small black fly (up to 5 mm long) with yellowish head and legs, a white spot on the back and four irregular or zigzag black bands on the wings
  • Sunken dimple-like spots and discolourations develop on the surface of fruit following egg laying and larval feeding
  • Damaged fruit drop prematurely

High priority pest of: Apples and pears

Scientific name: Rhagoletis pomonella
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Flies & Midges (DIPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol