African Fig Fly

photo of an african fig fly

African Fig Fly, Zaprionus indianus Gupta (Photo: Gary J. Steck)

Summary

Scientists at the University of Minnesota have confirmed a new invasive fruit fly in Minnesota. A single adult female Zaprionus indianus Gupta (Diptera: Drosophilidae), more commonly known as the African Fig Fly, recently was discovered in a fermenting bait trap from late September 2013. The trap was located near Hastings and was being used for annual monitoring of spotted wing Drosophila (SWD), itself a newly invasive Drosophilid.  The new fly specimen was officially identified this week by Allen L. Norrbom (Drosophilidae) of the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture.

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MDA's Pest Alert Hotline:
Possible new detections should be sent to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Contact the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at 1-888-545-6684 (voicemail), or by email to: Arrest.the.Pest@state.mn.us