Blueberry Maggot – Rhagoletis mendax
The blueberry maggot was first detected in Maine and New Hampshire in 1914. Since its first detection it has become a important pest of commercially grown low bush and high bush blueberries in the Canadian Maritime Provinces.
The primary host of the blueberry maggot is blueberry, both high bush (Vaccinium corymbosum) and low bush (V. angustifolium, V. myrtilloides and V. vacillans). Other suitable hosts include Hillside blueberry (V. pallidum), Deerberry (V. stamineum) and Huckleberry (Gaylussacia spp).
What information is available?
- Pest Fact Sheet
- News release: Blueberry plants sold by Costco in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador recalled due to potential presence of a plant pest
- Notice to industry: expansion of regulated area for blueberry maggot and updates to D-02-04
- Policy Directives
- D-02-04: The Blueberry Certification Program and domestic phytosanitary requirements to prevent the spread of blueberry maggot (Rhagoletis mendax) within Canada
- D-95-08: Phytosanitary import requirements for fresh temperate fruits and tree nuts
- D-08-04: Plant protection import requirements for plants and plant parts for planting
- RMD-14-02: Revision of the geographic boundaries of the regulated areas for the blueberry maggot Rhagoletis mendax Curran in the province of Ontario
- RMD-11-03: Revision of the geographic boundaries of the regulated areas for the blueberry maggot Rhagoletis mendax Curran in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec
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