This weeks post is from Stephanie Compton, Agrologist with the Morell River Management Co-op.
The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) is an Asian vinegar fly, first discovered on the west coast of North America in 2010. By 2011 this tenacious little fruit fly was found as far east as Ontario and in 2012 the first captures were confirmed on the east coast of North America, with the Canadian Maritimes included in it’s range.
The Spotted Wing Drosophila is a pest of fruit crops and lays it’s eggs in ripening fruit. It utilizes a wide range of hosts, with preference to blue, black and red fruits. Since it’s discovery, fruit farmers have made a concerted effort to monitor and gain understanding of this species life cycle and habits in our region.
Within three years, SWD is considered to be established in North America. We can’t eradicate it, but we can continue to monitor it’s life cycles and behaviours to improve agricultural management techniques.
– Stephanie Compton, Agrologist with the Morell River Management Co-op