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University of California - Davis

Drosophila Fly is Recently Evolved Crop Pest (2 of 2)

Caption: Drosophila suzukii, spotted wing Drosophila, is the only known pests among thousands of species of Drosophila fruit flies. The females use a large ovipositor to make holes in the skins of fruit to lay their eggs. On the left, Drosophila eggs in damaged fruit; center, eggs laid in holes in the skin of a cherry. On the right, the flies made holes in the skin of grapes, but did not successfully lay eggs.

Credit: Joel Atallah, UC Davis

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