Pest in the Spotlight

10 January 2019


Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)

What is it: Small fly, similar size to the vinegar fly.  Yellow brown colour with dark bands on the abdomen and red eyes.

Where is it: South-East Asia, Europe and North America. 

What does it do: Larvae feed on soft fruits, including grapes, cherries, berries, nectarines and plums. Larvae feed on maturing fruit as well as decaying fruit. 

How does it spread: Adults can spread through crops. Can spread over longer distances through movement of infected fruit and plant material.

If you suspect SWD, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881

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Photo credit: Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University,