12 thoughts on “Fruit Fly Stinging Cucumber in garden & Tomato Damage

    Asidi Chibwana

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    How does this fly compare with the housefly in terms of size?

    David Harrison

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    It's an ovipositor! Your thorax is your chest.

    Gardening With Puppies

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    I meant to tell you on your other video that I have the same type of fruit fly here. It seemed to concentrate mostly on my Mangos. Between the rats eating them, the horrible aphids and the fruit fly, I couldn't get but one out of the sixty fruits that tree bore. I ended up cutting the tree down. I tried wrapping them with crop cover material but it didn't stay up properly. I big net like the type you used would have done the trick.

    Elyse Joseph

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    Sure glad we don't have those, what nasty critters!!!

    Aaron's allotment

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    Great informative video Mark.  Many thanks.

    Gardening Tips With Phil

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    Hey Mark think it might be time to get your nets out. I have some on order. In Melbourne we don't get that fruit fly. We get cabbage moths, aphids, snails and slugs. I control them with DE.

    Dan & Charity K

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    Hey mark. Im in SEQ as well. I brought a native bee hive from a guy at eatons hill. When i was tbere we talked about the fruit fly. He was saying that Wild May was the stuff he used and has not had any flys for 12 +yrs. Its a bit hard to find but produce stores sometimes have. What suburb are you at. I got mine from the produce store at Rothwell. Have a search round for it. If you cant get any. I might be able grab some and meet up with you some where.
    Garden on bro

    Man, that's one nasty looking critter, Mark! I guess we all have some form of useless insect, or critter to have to deal with, unfortunately!

    I'm so glad we don't have those nasty critters here! I hope they don't cause too much trouble for you.

    Rob Bob's Backyard Farm & Aquaponics

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    Feel your pain mate.. 
    We saw them sting the WE Cuc's last season but saw no maggots.. Not sure if they "blew" them successfully due to the thicker skin..
    Cheers Mark & hope they're not too much of a pain for you this season.. 

    McDowall Manor

    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    I've converted to cherry tomatoes for exactly that reason.  Damn fruit flies.  I didn't realise they'd do the cucumbers too.  If I grow the bigger capsicums, they'll have a go at them. 


    (March 29, 2018 - 4:44 pm)

    That "stinger" is called an ovipositor

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