Northwest Missouri Horticulture

Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila has been found in fruit crops all over Missouri, starting in 2013. This reference page includes articles, photos, and links to web sites with more information. Photos are at bottom of this page.

Newspaper columns from Tim Baker, NW Region Horticulture Specialist

Spotted Wing Drosophila, Sept. 5, 2013

MU Extension and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension resources

Resources from other universities

Photographs

These photo graphs were taken in a high tunnel in the Northwest Missouri.  Photos by Tim Baker, copyright 2013. Newspapers may use with appropriate credit.

SWD on side of raspberry
Spotted Wing Drosophila on side of raspberry

SWD on side of raspberry - second view
Spotted Wing Drosophila on side of raspberry

Raspberry infested with Spotted Wing Drosophila
Raspberry infested with Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila larvae in infested raspberry
Spotted Wing Drosophila larvae in infested raspberry

Both male and female SWD adults are seen inside this raspberry fruit
Both male and female SWD adults are seen inside this raspberry fruit


Two SWD adults are seen inside this raspberry fruit

Damage inside this SWD-infested high tunnel was close to 100%
Damage inside this SWD-infested high tunnel was close to 100%

The following photos are of SWD which were frozen to do close-up work. Some of them were stained by the raspberry juice around them. Freezing them changes the color to some degree, especially in the eyes. The above photos better represent eye color in living specimens.

Male SWD clearly showing the spots on the wings.
Male SWD clearly showing the spots on the wings.

Female SWD do not have spots on their wings.
Female SWD do not have spots on their wings.

SWD larva in raspberry fruit
SWD larva in raspberry fruit.