N.D. cherries reveal crop-destroying fruit pest

The spotted-wing drosophila, a pest that feasts on fresh fruit, made its first appearance in North Dakota, officials said this week. The pest, a native of Asia that first appeared in the U.S. in 2008 in California, is yellowish brown in color with prominent red eyes and is more dangerous to crops than the common fruit fly because it prefers fresh fruit to rotting fruit.

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