The olive fly is a type of fruit fly whose larvae feed on olives. The female lays a single egg within each olive. After the egg hatches and the larva begins to mature it feeds on the olive fruit. The infested fruit can produce an oil with higher acidity and more peroxides. This fruit is also more susceptible to the growth of mold, potentially resulting in an oil with a moldy taste. In addition, the infestation can cause fruit to drop prematurely from the trees resulting in a reduced crop size. 2014 has been a particularly bad year for olive flies in Spain and Italy, resulting in significantly reduced oil production. Greece has not been affected this year.
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