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October 19, 2012

First find of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Indiana

Tom Creswell, PPDL Director

The invasive pest, Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), was confirmed in Indiana for the first time on October 16, 2012 in a sample from raspberry from a home garden. This fruit fly, of Asian origin, has been found in Hawaii since the 1980s. After being found in California in 2008 it has been widely reported from the western states, Florida, other east coast states and the mid-west. It can be highly destructive of several fruit crops; especially berry crops, cherries, grapes and tree fruits.

We'll be tracking new finds of SWD (pdf file).

More information, including how to identify this pest can be found at the Michigan State extension website.

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Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila
Photo by Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University

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