Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), which originated in Asia, can now be found worldwide. It arrived in Southern Europe in 2008 before being recorded in small numbers in the UK in August 2012. 


Managing SWD is an important issue for the UK industry. It is a challenging pest to control which is why it is vital that we work together and take the necessary action to combat it and minimise the potential impact on soft and stone fruit crops.


A cross industry group has been working together since 2012 and a great deal of knowledge has already been learned from other countries’ experiences of managing SWD. In addition, an industry funded project was set up in 2013 to investigate the behaviour and control of SWD in the UK. This project (SF 145) is being led by East Malling Research in conjunction with The James Hutton Institute and is funded by Defra, AHDB Horticulture, The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, British Summer Fruits and The East Malling Trust.


This dedicated SWD site has been set up to provide the latest results of the industry funded project (SF 145) along with other knowledge, best practice and understanding of SWD from around the world. The site reflects the most current information available on spotted wing drosophila.


Spotted Wing Drosophila: A guide (click on the headings below)


Other useful advice and information available to AHDB Horticulture levy payers and Associates

Factsheet 13/14 Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) - Code of practice for growers

Factsheet 14/14 Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) - Code of practice in packhouses


For media enquiries on Spotted Wing Drosophila please contact:

Lynn McCarthy


0207 5757 618


Katie Rispin


0207 5757 630