Blueberry maggot
Blueberry fly Rhagoletis mendax
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Tephritidae
Genus: Rhagoletis
Species: Rhagoletis mendax
Blueberry maggot geographical distribution
Approximate locations where blueberry maggots are present (coloured)[1]
Mouche de l'airelle (French)

The blueberry maggot (Rhagoletis mendax) is a species of tephritid fruit fly, which is a major pest of blueberry crops in North America.


Attacked fruit will be pitted by oviposition punctures, around which some discoloration usually occurs.[1]


If possible, wild and abandoned plantations should also be destroyed. Systemic organophosphates, such as dimethoate, are highly effective against most species, killing eggs, larvae and adults.[2]



  1. a b Rhagoletis mendax. European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organistation.
  2. Boller, E.F.; Prokopy, R.J. (1976) Bionomics and management of Rhagoletis. Annual Review of Entomology 21, 223-246.
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