Because I like to use my own photos and I don't have any photos of SWD I've set up a link on it's name that takes you to google images so you can get an idea of what the little terror looks like. For some light relief I've interspersed photographs of current blooms in my garden. So if you don't want to read the sorry tale of the possible demise of cherry growing in home gardens, you can at least purse the pictures. They do not relate to the text at all!
|The first Bird of Paradise of the rainy season have begun to bloom.|
Spotted Wing Drosophila was first noted in Hawaii in 1980. In August 2008 it was discovered in strawberries in California. By May 2009 it was infecting Cherries in Gilroy, California. Two years later it has spread as far afield as Florida.
|California fuchsia brightens up a grey day.|
|Angel wing begonia blossom.|
June 1st 1 egg laid - gives rise in 2 weeks to :-
June 14th 100 eggs
June 30th 10,000 eggs
July 1st 100,000, 000 (happy 4th of July, hey?)
July 30th 10,000,000,000,000,000
|Coyote bush about to burst into fluffy bloom.|
|Trumpet flower (I think - Please leave a comment to correct me if I'm wrong.)|
|Fuchsia - like little ballerinas.|
Spinosyn: Spinosad such as Montery Garden Insect spray can be used, though is not as effective as the non-organic organophosphate insecticide malathion, which is highly toxic to bees and other beneficial insects. For more information on integrated pest management checkout the UC Davis IPM site.
|My first Hollyhocks grown from seed.|
Bear in mind that as pests go, this one is really new and lots of research into possible natural enemies is still ongoing. It's only been here 2 years so far. That's even less time than I've been here and I still feel new! Let's hope that we find some other bug, fungicide or other beastie that will show the SWD some manners. Then we can get back to only having to pray for enough chill hours for our cherries and then only fight with our feathered friends for the fruit that follows!