Apple fruit fly

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Apple fruit fly
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Apple fruit fly ( Rhagoletis pomonella )

Subordination : Flies (Brachycera)
Partial order : Lid slip (Cyclorrhapha)
Family : Drill flies (Tephritidae)
Subfamily : Trypetinae
Genre : Rhagoletis
Type : Apple fruit fly
Scientific name
Rhagoletis pomonella
( Walsh , 1867)

The apple fruit fly ( Rhagoletis pomonella ) is an insect native to North America and is closely related to the native cherry fruit fly ( Rhagoletis cerasi ). Animals of this fly species are not allowed to be imported into Germany in order to protect local fruit growing.

Adult animals are a little smaller than the housefly , have black bodies and black and white stripes on the belly. Their wings have unique black stripes.

In summer, the animals lay eggs on still unripe hawthorn fruits , rose hips or apples , from which the larvae hatch after five to ten days. The larvae live in the green fruits until they ripen and fall to the ground. Then the larvae migrate into the ground to pupate . The adults of the apple fruit fly hatch from the pupae next spring . But there are always few animals that only hatch in the following year.

Apple fruit flies are fought as an apple pest .


  • Trypeta albiscutellata Harris, 1835
  • Trypeta pomonella Walsh, 1867


  1. Page on the import ban ( Federal Biological Agency for Agriculture and Forestry )