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Northeast SWD Working Group Meeting

On October 30, 2013, in Bridgeton, NJ at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center, the Northeast Spotted Wing Drosophila IPM Working Group Meeting will be held from 8:00am to 5:00pm to provide updates on this invasive insect and to set and rank priorities for research, extension, education, and regulatory needs to address its impact […]

SWD on the National Scene

Typically, SWD trap catch continues to increase – hundreds/week – peaking in late fall. In Oregon and Washington, SWD counts in traps have about doubled each week over the last four weeks; the pressure is the highest experienced since SWD’s introduction to that region in 2009. In North Carolina, where SWD arrived in 2010, high […]

SWD across NY

The spotted wing drosophila trap network provided first trap catch data to generate a NY distribution map. Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel participating in the trap network alerted growers to protect their crops when SWD was found in their area. Overall, SWD arrived in NY later in 2013 than it did in 2012 and this may […]

Do my fruit have SWD?

Suggested ways for checking fruit for SWD infestation, include looking for egg breathing tubes, finding leaking pinholes, and floating out the larvae. Egg breathing tubes You’ll need a good pair of eyes and 20x magnification. Fruit on which this technique works fairly well include blackberry, cherry, black raspberry, dark plum and grape varieties, and probably […]

SWD easily found now

Spotted wing drosophila adults can be seen cavorting on berries. Populations of this insect are exploding and it will become increasingly easy to see the fruit flies on berries in berry plantings. Tim Martinson, Dept of Horticulture, Cornell University, reports finding SWD on essentially every blueberry on the three bushes in his backyard and I […]