Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is an insect pest of economically valuable small fruit and tree fruit crops. Known in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest since about 2009, this species now appears to be established in many fruit growing regions around the country. Growers and researchers are working together to implement effective pest control strategies.
Alewife is a species of ocean herring with a bluish-grey to olive back with silvery sides. The body is wide, narrows at the belly, and averages 6” in length. They have large eyes, a prominent black spot near the gill cover, and a forked fin.
Giant hogweed is a biennial herb that grows to 8-14 feet. Plants sprout in early spring from forked taproots or seeds. Stems are hollow, and leaves are lobed. The best time to identify giant hogweed is when it is in bloom in June.