Olive fruit fly

Olive fruit fly

Bactrocera oleae



Description: The Olive fruit fly is a species of lepidopteran 4-5 mm in length that only attacks the olive tree. It is very serious in the Mediterranean area, parts of Africa and western Asia.


Number of annual generations: 2 to 4, depending on the climatology.


Damage: the damage is caused by the larvae and can be direct, affecting the size and appearance of the fruit, as well as its production. It also causes indirect damage by facilitating secondary invasion of fungi and bacteria that affect the qualities of the fruit and acidify the oil.