Spotted Wing Drosophila Update

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Information shared by Dr. Deb Moreau, AAFC Kentville:
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) numbers are continuing to increase with trap captures having jumped from approximately 73 flies (Aug 10-16) to 236 flies (Aug 17-23) for fields in Western NS. Our data suggests that high numbers of SWD are being captured in traps within the crops. We are rearing many SWD from both commercial and ‘wild’ blackberries, raspberries and blueberries.