Pomace (Fruit) Flies
- Adult: yellowish or brownish, 1/8 in. length.
- Egg: whitish, elongate, laid in fruit near cracked or rotten spots.
- Larva: white maggots with black mouth hooks feeding in rotten fruit.
- Pupa: yellow to brownish, near larvae.
- Damage: secondary on damaged or rotten fruit.
Fruit Fly Pictures
may be common in fields with ripe fruit but it is not a pest.
a) egg has spiracular tubes for air exchange in damaged or rotting fruit;
b) larva is a legless maggot;
c) adults are attracted to damaged or rotting fruit
(Photo courtesy of E. Vasquez).