Germany 2014 – the year of the fly

This year will definitely not go down as another vintage of the century in Germany. Too cold and too wet would sum up its shortcomings in a nutshell, although if you were to use the shell of a really big nut, you might also be able to fit in the words Drosophila suzukii, the spotted wing drosophila or Asian fruit fly.

Although a little more about the unpleasant habits of this less-than-endearing insect will be revealed below, the foundations for its detrimental effects on a considerable part of Germany's 2014 grape crop were already laid in the preceding winter...