Designing Effective Baits for Spotted Wing Drosophila is No Easy Task

spotted wing drosophila on berry

By John P. Roche Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), is an invasive fruit fly species from eastern Asia, first seen in the United States in 2008. The species is devastating to fruit crops, causing economic losses in the U.S. of hundreds of millions of dollars. Spotted wing drosophila feeds on a wide range of host […]

New Formula Doubles Performance of Spotted Wing Drosophila Lure

spotted wing drosophila

To slightly modify an old adage, you can catch more flies with increased levels of acetoin, acetic acid, and ethanol than with methionol. Specifically, the fly in question is spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), an invasive pest in North American and Europe that attacks several fruit crops. A lure for catching and monitoring in D. […]

Et Tu, Fruite? Attracticidal Sphere Lures Fruit Flies to Their Demise

attractacidal sphere in raspberry plant

It looks like a fruit, but it’s definitely not as healthy. It’s the attracticidal sphere, and a new study shows it to be a promising tool for managing the invasive fruit fly Drosophila suzukii. Published today in the Journal of Economic Entomology, the research experiment found the attract-and-kill method, previously developed by the late Ron […]

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps Insecticide Go Down

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is a small fly that was first discovered in the western U.S. in 2008. Since then it has colonized many fruit-growing areas in North America and has caused major problems for growers of cherries, berries, grapes, and tree fruits. To manage the SWD, an insecticide called spinosad “is effective and […]