Spotted Wing Drosophila: A New Invasive Pest of Michigan Fruit Crops (E3140)

Spotted Wing Drosophila: A New Invasive Pest of Michigan Fruit Crops (E3140)

The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops.

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Introduction: The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops. It was first detected in Michigan in late September 2010. Unlike most other vinegar flies that require damaged fruit to attack, SWD causes damage when the female flies cut a slit and lay eggs in healthy fruit. This insect is a pest of most berry crops, cherries, grapes and other tree fruits, with a preference for softer-fleshed fruit. Given the propensity for this insect to spread and its potential to infest fruit, it is important to learn about monitoring and management of SWD to minimize the risk of larvae developing in fruit and affecting fruit marketability

 

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