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Virginia Extension Office: Spotted Lanternfly

20 July 2018


We were in the studio today with Mark Sutphin, a VA extension agent based in the Frederick County office along with his intern, Kailyn Orgen to talk about the Spotted Lanternfly – a threat to may fruit crops and trees. Mark & Kailyn told us about the current “containment area” in northern Frederick County and their efforts to notify landowners in that area to educate and encourage them to participate in a study to locate and eradicate the pests.

The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is native to China and was first detected in Pennsylvania in September 2014. Spotted lanternfly feeds on a wide range of fruit, ornamental and woody trees, with tree-of-heaven being one of the preferred hosts. Spotted lanternflies are invasive and can be spread long distances by people who move infested material or items containing egg masses. If allowed to spread in the United States, this pest could seriously impact the country’s grape, orchard, and logging industries.

You can download an information sheet here: ENTO-264 as well as the Pest Alert here: ENTO-265

More information can also be found by clicking here to visit the USDA website.

You can read additional news stories we’ve covered about this invasive pest on our website by clicking here.


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