Sterile fruit flies released from sky

You may notice a low flying plane across metropolitan Adelaide in the coming weeks, but don’t be alarmed, it’s releasing sterile fruit flies as part of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA)’s eradication program.

The sterile flies will find trees to settle in and breed with the wild flies, which then cannot reproduce, breaking the fruit fly life cycle.

The airplane will fly twice a day every Tuesday and Thursday during April and May (weather allowing).

The airplane is a Piper Seneca 2, a small white airplane with two propellers and a dark red belly underneath. The wing tips are also dark red.

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