EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 2012 Num. article: 2012/208

First report of Drosophila suzukii in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae – EPPO A2 List) was caught for the first time at the end of September 2012 at one location in Kent. Five specimens were trapped in raspberry and blackberry experimental plots at the East Malling Research centre. Considering its distribution in Europe and the difficulty of control, no official regulation is being considered.
The pest status of Drosophila suzukii in the United Kingdom is officially declared as: Present, only in some areas.


IPPC website. Official Pest Reports – United Kingdom. Drosophila suzukii (2012-10-02). https://www.ippc.int/index.php

MailOnline. Strawberry alert: the 2 mm long Asian fruit fly that could decimate Britain’s fruit industry. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2209952/Strawberry-alert-The-2mm-long-Asian-fruit-fly-decimate-Britains-fruit-industry.html