New Invasive Species, the Spotted Wing Drosophila, Found in Town of Chautauqua
Jamestown, NY- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County has confirmed a new fruit pest, Drosophila suzukii, the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), in the town of Chautauqua. SWD is an invasive pest of Asian origin that was first detected in the continental United States in California in 2005 and has since spread to several western and eastern states. It was first reported in NY in 2011.
In Mid-August, a homeowner from the town of Chautauqua contacted the Master Gardener Helpline at the CCE office regarding an abundance of maggots in her late season blueberry crop. Master Gardeners followed up on this report to confirm the identity of this new pest on August 21, 2012.
For more information on the identification, monitoring and management of SWD, go online to: http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/berry/pestalerts/drosophilapestalert.html
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