Word On The Street

A Portland Glossary

May 17, 2010

Spotted Wing Drosophila n.

A breed of fly native to Southeast Asia.

THIS TROUBLESOME PEST appeared in Oregon just last year, but it has already spread to 15 counties. Unlike the common household fruit or vinegar fly, which lays its eggs in overripe, decaying fruit that nobody wants to eat, the spotted wing infests ripening fruit. As many as 65 adults can emerge from a single cherry. And blueberries, marionberries, strawberries, peaches—basically most of Oregon’s signature consumables, including our prized wine grapes—are on its menu.

See also: the King James Bible, specifically the Book of Revelation; Jeff Goldblum in The Fly; the scene in Days of Heaven when the crickets gobble crops

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