Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931)

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English Spotted-wing drosophila Status LU: established. 1st record: 2014.
Lëtzebuergesch Kiischten-Essegméck Status Eur.: established.
Français Moucheron asiatique RA: ISEIA: C1. Harmonia+: n/a.
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Report Drosophila suzukii to the National Museum of Natural History.

Brief description


Male and female Drosophila suzukii.

Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) is a fruit crop pest and can be a serious economic threat to soft summer fruit.

The cherry vinegar fly is known as a pest in fruit and wine growing. A study in the cantons of Zug and Zurich now shows that the forest is also affected by this invasive alien insect. The heavy infestation of wild fruits reduces the food basis of many animal species and the spread of the affected plant species (Bühlmann et al. 2021).

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) first appeared in Luxembourg in 2014 which raised great attention (Nonet 2014; Schultz & Molitor 2016). A large-scale monitoring of the spotted-wing drosophila was carried out in the Moselle region in 2016 in cooperation with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

No records are available through the mdata.mnhn.lu portal (MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF 2020).

Useful ressources

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol

C1 (3+2+1+1) (Ries et al. 2017: 68).

Harmonia+ protocol

Not assessed yet.

Worldwide distribution


  • Bühlmann I. et al. (2021): Schadpotenzial der Kirschessigfliege (Drosophila suzukii) im Wald. Wald und Holz (8/21), 19-22. Cf. https://biodiversitaet.scnat.ch/publications/search_details?id=1900
  • CABI, 2019. Drosophila suzukii. In: Invasive Species Compendium. Wallingford, UK: CAB International. URL: www.cabi.org/isc [accessed 2020-03-14]
  • MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020. Drosophila suzukii in MNHNL-mdata, online portal combining species observation from Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist and GBIF. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: https://mdata.mnhn.lu [accessed 2020-03-14]
  • Nonet, E., 2014. Mille litres de nectar, pas plus. Le Quotidien 6./7.12.2014: p. 19.
  • Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]
  • Schultz, M. & D. Molitor, 2016. Die Kirschessigfliege – eine neue Herausforderung für den Luxemburger Weinbau. Lëtzebuerger Beien-Zeitung 127: 354-359.

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