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Invasive Fly Causes Concern For Berry Crops

Vermont agriculture officials say an invasive fly will be seen more often this summer.

The spotted wing drosophila lays its eggs in soft, ripe fruit and can damage raspberries and blueberries. It was found in New England in small amounts in 2011; many more were found last year.

University of Vermont Extension specialist Vern Grubinger tells the Brattleboro Reformer he's confident there will be more reports of the insect this year.

It was first discovered in California in 2008 and by the following year it had spread all the way to Florida.

The female has a saw-like egg laying appendage that allows it to drill into the fruit and lay eggs in the small holes.

The larvae feed on the fruit for about 10-14 days before emerging as adults.

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