Sunday, September 11, 2011

New invasive insect spotted!

Please keep an eye out for this pest.

Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD), an invasive insect from China & Japan, was confirmed on raspberries in Litchfield, New Hampshire on September 6th. We also have a few in high tunnel tomatoes in Strafford. I have been looking for them with traps in three NH cherry orchards, and 25 blueberry samples from across the state. I haven't significantly sampled raspberries, though. It appears that fruit of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and cherries are prime targets.

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