Genus species: Drosophila suzukii
The spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) is a vinegar or fruit fly of East Asian origin. It made its way into New York by 2011. Today, it has spread throughout most of the continental US. It can directly infest the fruit of many plants, but is most attracted to raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and other late-season, soft-flesh fruits — cultivated and wild.
SWD deserves notice because, unlike her relatives, which lay eggs on over-ripe or rotting fruit, she can lay eggs inside fresh fruit, often before harvest. After only a few days, the fruit skin becomes dimpled or wrinkled, forming craters in the fruit. Without control measures, late season raspberries, blackberries and blueberries can suffer upwards of 80% crop loss.
- Getting Ready for Spotted Wing Drosophila: Understanding Risks for Small Fruit Crops and Current Management Options – webcast with Dr. Greg Loeb, Cornell University
- Spotted Wing Drosophila – Michigan State University
- Spotted Wing Drosophila – Oregon State University
- Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group, NE IPM
- SWD Resource Database from the Northeastern IPM Center
- PA IPM, Spotted Wing Drosophila, Individual sections in PDF format:
- This “Ninja” Fruit Fly Cuts into Perfect Fruits – Spotted Wing Drosophila (2012 Fruit Quarterly v. 20-3)
- Spotted Wing Drosophila – General information, NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM
- Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food
- Finger Lakes SWD monitoring videos – See — and learn how to ID — what the Loeb Lab is finding in their SWD traps. More info.
- Spotted Wing Drosophila – Info from the New York State IPM Program.
- SWD ID Video – You-tube video from Oregon State University on how to identify SWD.
- SWD Management – NY product tables for berry crops – including blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, and strawberries. NY product tables for stone fruit and grapes.
- Special SWD issue of New York Berry News [2013-07-29]
- Evaluation of Insect Exclusion and Mass Trapping as Cultural Controls of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Blueberry Production – New York Fruit Quarterly, Spring 2014.
- How do I manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in my garden?
- Catching up on sustained catch reports
Sustained catch (two weeks in a row catching SWD) has occurred in several counties: Orleans on June 15 and 22, Niagara on June 28 and 29, Ulster on June 28 and 29, Clinton on July 10, Essex on July 10, and Livingston on July 13. In Essex County the sustained catch had 144 SWD, caught 
- Sustained catch in St Lawrence County
4 female SWD were caught the week ending July 15, 2017 in two traps set near some wild raspberries growing outside a blueberry planting. This is sustained catch at this location. Paul Hetzler, extension educator, St Lawrence County CCE, is monitoring these traps as part of a berry research project. Although Paul expected to find 
- Sustained catch in Genesee County
14 SWD were caught on July 10, 2017 in two traps set in a raspberry planting. 7 females were in the trap set within the crop; 4 female and 3 male SWD were caught in the trap set on the edge of the planting. These traps are being serviced by Jan Beglinger, extension educator, Genesee 
- First catch in St Lawrence County
SWD was confirmed caught on July 8, 2017 from traps set in a blueberry planting in St Lawrence County. 2 female SWD were caught in one of two traps. There are ripening Blue Ray, Duke and Blue Crop blueberry varieties in the field, but Patriot is still green at this location. These traps are being 
- First catch Livingston County
3 SWD were caught in traps checked on July 6, 2017 — 2 female and 1 male were found in the trap set on the edge of the small blueberry planting at this location. Practice these IPM tactics for managing SWD: trapping to know when SWD has arrived at the fruit planting; carefully monitoring the 
- First and sustained catch Wyoming County
First catch in a raspberry planting on July 6, 2017 of 3 female SWD in a trap within the crop and 1 female in a trap set on the edge of the crop. Sustained catch on July 12, 2017 of 18 SWD, 8 females and 10 males. Within the crop the trap caught 7 male 
- Sustained catch in Wayne County
Confirmed sustained catch occurred in Wayne County on June 28, 2017 in ripe summer raspberries (2 females caught in two of four traps) and on July 11 in a blueberry planting (1 female SWD in one of four traps). These traps are being monitored by Nicole Mattoon, IPM field technician, and Taylere Herrmann, IPM summer 
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