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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spotted wing drosophila trap captures increasing in Florida

The above figure illustrates spotted wing drosophila (SWD) trap captures in Florida as of April 9, 2010. The large number of flies captured this year in Hillsborough County (where there are several blueberry growers) suggests that Florida's cold winter weather did not eliminate the incipient SWD population detected last fall. The NC, SC, and VA SWD monitoring network will begin monitoring next week. We have been eagerly assembling trapping kits for our volunteers.

All our monitoring data will be collected via Google Documents and will be used to generate live updated trapping figures, which I will post on this blog. Keep your eyes peeled so we can let you know when SWD shows up here.

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