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Lincoln University pest specialists have warned the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) insect poses a serious threat to this year’s fruit crops in Missouri. The male SWD at left above has one black dot on each wing. The female SWD at right above does not have the dot on her wings. The female SWD has a serrated egg-laying structure at the tip of the abdomen.

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New pest poses danger to Missouri’s fruit crops

SWD fly is new threat to berries, other fruit

A tiny fruit fly about a tenth of an inch long, known as the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), poses an immediate and serious threat to this year’s fruit crops in Missouri and to homeowners who grow strawberries, grapes and other fruits.

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