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Fruit Fly Causing Problems in ND

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       One small fly could be eating your fruit.

    This spotted wing vinegar fly is damaging fruits across the nation.
    It's been spotted in 70% of the states, including North Dakota.
    The insect is known for damaging raspberries and tart cherries.
    NDSU Horticulturist Esther McGinnis says the little fly can cause a lot of damage.

    (Esther McGinnis / NDSU Horticulturist) Spotted wing drosophila is interesting because the females have whaovipositord an ovaposider. It is shaped like a saw on the end of their abdomen so it allows them to drill into fruit that is just ripening, just turning colors, they can then lay their eggs and the larvae hatch. So you are essentially having magets in your raspberries."

    McGinnis says insecticides can be sprayed to protect your fruits from this fly. 
    She recommends contacting your local extension office for more information. 

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