The University of Arkansas is working with growers to help them learn to identify, sample for and control the winged pest, according a news release.
They’re the boll weevil of fruit,” Sherri Sanders, White County Extension agent, said in the release.
The traps were near blackberries, blueberries and raspberries in Johnson, White and Washington counties.
Additional traps in Crawford, Faulkner and Hempstead counties have not captured any flies.
For more information:
• Spotted wing drosphila: Potential peset of Arkansas fruit
Unlike most fruit flies that prefer to lay their eggs in rotting fruit, the spotted wing drosphila favors fruit just reaching maturity.
The female ovipositor also is serrated and leaves an opening, providing an entryway for diseases.
Left untreated, the pest can cause up to 100 percent crop loss.
In 2010, strawberry growers in California, Oregon and Washington alone reported estimated revenue losses of $314 million.
A native of Asia, the spotted wing drosophila has a wide host range, including strawberries, caneberries, blueberries and cherries.