Fruit fly larvae found in chillies at Auckland Airport

Fruit fly larvae intercepted at Auckland Airport could have devastated the country’s horticulture industry, Biosecurity New Zealand says.

The larvae was discovered in the luggage of a tour party leader from Malaysia last month.

It was found in chillies following x-ray screening and a caterpillar was also found in some garlic bulbs.

The intercepted larvae was believed to be of Malaysian fruit fly, which has invaded a number of Pacific islands.

The species attacks more than 60 types of fruit and vegetables.