Spotted Wing Drosophila in Texas

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Drosophila suzukii, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), is an invasive pest that attacks several soft-bodied fruit, such as cherries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and grapes.  Similar in size to the common fruit fly, except the females have a serrated ovipositor (organ used for depositing eggs), allowing them to lay eggs in fruit just before harvest.  As a result, the fruit can be unfit for fresh markets by the time they are harvested, resulting in crop loss.  If you would like to send samples to confirm SWD identification, please use the spotted wing drosophila submission form.

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Spotted Wing Drosophila

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Fly on a cherryA short presentation on Spotted Wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, which is a new pest to North America (2008).  It is a new pest to many soft-bodied fruit, such as cherries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.  If you think you may have Spotted Wing Drosophila in your crop, be sure to contact me and send a sample if possible.