Last day to help the National Park

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Have you seen the Spotted Lantern Fly?

This is an invasive species to the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park is collecting data.

Through the end of the day, September 30th, you can report sightings of the species to the app iNaturalist.

Snap a photo of the Spotted Lantern Fly, and report when and where you found it.

If you do not have service at that time, that is not a problem, report it when you are back in service.

The Shenandoah National Park appreciates your help with this project.

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The VDF is asking that you report the Spotted Lanternfly

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The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDF) is asking that you report the Spotted Lanternfly.

The VDF confirms the pest  has now been found in 11 counties and two cities in Virginia including Winchester.

The insect  poses a serious threat to grape, peach, hops and hardwood trees along with other crops.

In July you will likely see the Late Nymph phase of the insects life cycle.

At that stage the insect develops red patches and white spots click here for visual.

The Virginia Department of Forestry is asking that if you see this invasive pests to report it here.

You can also report it to the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in your area so the insects spread can be tracked.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.