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Spotted-wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) male | by Martin Cooper Ipswich
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Spotted-wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) male

The Spotted-wing Drosophila or Cherry Vinegar Fly (Drosphila suzukii) is an important agricultural pest that was first reported in the UK in Kent a couple of years ago. It damages both ripe and unripe soft fruit. It has yet to added to the NBN Gateway, although dipterists have reported a number of sightings. This specimen was found near rotting Honey Fungus (Armillaria) at the base of Silver Birch tree (Betula pendula) in Christchurch Park Ipswich, East Suffolk (TM166453) on 24 Sept 2014. The male usually has darkened wing tips which gives the species the common name of "spotted-wing drosophila". The ID has been confirmed by Peter Beuk, see www.diptera.info/forum/viewthread.php?forum_id=5&thre...

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Taken on September 27, 2014