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Tag: Invasive species

black fig fly (Silba adipata)

Black Fig Fly: A New Invasive Pest in California

Black fig fly is a specialized pest of figs native to the Mediterranean region and first reported in the U.S. in 2021, in southern California. This fly is a threat to commercial fig production, and while little is known about it, researchers are now working to improve our knowledge of black fig fly ecology and management.

Spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii)

How a PCR Test (and Some Mouthwash) Could Nab an Invasive Fruit Fly

Detecting the presence of the invasive spotted-wing drosophila could soon get easier with a new molecular test for analyzing DNA in bulk trapping samples—sensitive enough to sniff out just one target fruit fly in a sample of 2,000. And the best liquid for preserving trapped flies' DNA comes from the dental-care shelf.

Japanese beetle adult (Popillia japonica)

Effective Management Remains Elusive for Beetle That Eats Almost Anything

The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is a widely known invasive species in North America. Adults feed on more than 300 plant species and can be downright difficult to manage. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management reviews their invasion history, ecology, and management.

McPhail trap

Researchers Use Simulation Model to Optimize Delimitation Trapping Surveys

When an invasive insect appears, responders must quickly set monitoring traps in the area to determine the extent of the pest outbreak. A collaboration between USDA-APHIS and USDA-ARS is working to improve such delimitation trapping survey designs and will publish new guidelines after field experiments are completed later this year.

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