Destructive fly continues to spread in Arkansas

06/18/2013 10:54:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

spotted wing drosphilaThe spotted wing drosophila fly continues to spread throughout Arkansas, concerning many fruit growers.

Adult flies have been found in Izard, Johnson and Washington counties, according to a news release.

Suspect larvae were found in blueberries in Pope, strawberries in Van Buren and blackberries in Johnson counties.

Unlike most fruit flies that seek out rotting fruit on which to lay eggs, spotted wing drosophila females look for fruit just nearing maturity in which to oviposit.

Growers should monitor for the fly.

This can be easily done by creating traps of plastic jugs filled with a bat of apple cider vinegar, flour and yeast.

For more information on the fly or how to make traps, download an informational presentation by University of Arkansas entomologist Donn Johnson.

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