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.

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The Spotted Lanternfly threat widens

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service (VCES) advises that the Spotted Lanterfly is spreading through the state.

The destructive insect has been reported from Page to Prince William Counties despite the quarantine that was put in place.

This time of year the insects are in their 4th instar phase and will appear largely red with black and white markings.

An adult Lanternfly has pinkish-tan wings with spots with yellow abdomens with black stripes.

To help stop the spread you are asked to kill the insect immediately.

More information is available at the VCES website with eradication training available.

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