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Invasive Pests

Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), SWD, is a recently introduced new species of fruit fly in the United States. It was first found on the west coast in 2008, but has rapidly colonized many fruit producing regions of the country. It was found in New England in late summer 2011 shortly after Hurricane Irene and caused significant crop damage in fall raspberries among other crops.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), is a voracious plant-eating pest that is damaging fruit, vegetable, and ornamental crops in North America. BMSB was accidentally imported from Asia to North America in the late 1990s.  The earliest sightings were in Allentown, PA.  This bug quickly became a nuisance pest, overwintering in homes, office buildings, sheds, warehouses and in wooded areas.