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SWD Workshop, 17 Dec, Syracuse

Plan now to attend the SWD Workshop in Syracuse, NY, on December 17th. Growers of fall raspberries, mid to late season blueberries, & day-neutral strawberries: Learn how to manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in this in-depth workshop! THIS is the place to learn current SWD information, the most recent research results, and management practices. Wednesday Dec. […]

Monitoring network wrap-up

The SWD Monitoring Network was once again a success! A big “THANK YOU!” goes out to the 18 Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell University scientists who made the network possible in 28 Counties in NY. Funding for the network was provided in 2014 by the NY State Berry Growers Association, the Department of Entomology, Cornell […]


Hummingbirds may enjoy eating SWD! An article in Good Produce, Berry Growers Sharing Great Ideas by Charlie O’Dell, published May 14, 2014, highlights “Unusual Way to Control SWD” one grower’s use of hummingbird feeders to attract these beautiful, pugnacious, and voracious birds. When feeding their young, hummingbirds will eat up to 2,000 small insects per […]

SWD Working Group invite

The Northeast IPM SWD Working Group invites fruit growers, extension specialists, and researchers dealing with SWD to participate in our yearly meeting. The focus of the meeting is for farmers and scientists to share field and research reports culminating in priorities to guide our work on spotted wing Drosophila. We meet on Tuesday, September 16, […]

Exclusion netting demo

Consider attending a demonstration of the use of exclusion netting for SWD in blueberry on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at The Berry Patch of Stonewall Hill Farm, 15589 NY Route 22, Stephentown, NY. The manufacturer of the netting will also be there. A high tunnel raspberry planting outfitted with a […]

Spray decision-making

The SWD monitoring network will continue trap counts until SWD is caught for two consecutive weeks, or until sustained trap catch. Sustained trap catch, in general, is used as an indicator that the insect being monitored can be consistently found in the area. If insects aren’t caught in traps the week after first catch, this […]

Organic insecticides

Organic-approved insecticides for SWD include Entrust Naturalyte and Entrust SC (active ingredient spinosad.) Both require the 2(ee) recommendation for use against SWD. You must have the 2(ee) in hand when using the insecticide for SWD. Download the 2(ee) for Entrust Naturalyte on all crops except strawberry at this website Download the 2(ee) for Entrust […]

SWD monitoring video

The July 16, 2014 You Tube video from the Finger Lakes monitoring network shows male and female SWD alongside other fruit flies. Check out these videos to hone your skills at differentiating other fruit flies caught in traps from spotted wing Drosophila. Anna Wallingford, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Greg Loeb’s program, Department of Entomology, Cornell […]

First v. Sustained Trap Catch

Sustained trap catch is a milestone often used in IPM for timing management tactics against insect pests. Insect traps in the SWD monitoring network are checked once per week until adult SWD have been caught for two consecutive weeks at that location, indicating sustained trap catch. On the blog, we post SWD first catch reports. […]

Female imposters

Distinguishing female SWD from other fruit flies caught in traps can prove challenging. Look alike reports to help with identification have come in from Faruque Zaman, Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, Riverhead, NY and Anna Wallingford, NY State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY. Faruque’s pictures are below. Anna’s videos are at Finger Lakes […]

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