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Posted on: November 1, 2021

Help Stop the Spread of the Spotted Lanternfly

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Cold weather does not stop the spread... we need to continue to work hard to stop the spread of this invasive planthopper!

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has a website full of helpful information regarding how we can stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly.

What is it & why does it matter?

The Spotted Lanternfly or SLF, Lycorma delicatula (White), is an invasive planthopper native to Asia fist discovered in PA in Berks County in 2014.

SLF feeds on sap from a myriad of plants but has a strong preference for plants important to PA's economy including grapevines, maples, black walnut, birch and willow. SLF's feeding damage stresses plants which can decrease their heal and in some cases cause death.

Here are some great resources on the Spotted Lanternfly & how to stop the spread:
https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/Pages/default.aspx
https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/quarantine/Pages/default.aspx

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