Spotted lanternfly is a new invasive insect found in southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, and western New Jersey. It is a voracious insect that can feed on over 75 plants, including economically important crops like grapes, hops, apples, and other tree fruit. It also feeds heavily on deciduous trees like black walnut, maple, and poplar, having potentially significant impacts to the timber industry. Its preferred host is an invasive plant, tree-of-heaven, that is currently being targeted for spotted lanternfly control and monitoring throughout the northeast region. Penn State Extension educators and researchers will provide an update on the status of spotted lanternfly, answer questions about how to remove and treat tree-of-heaven, and provide an update on ongoing research at Penn State and elsewhere.
About the Presenters:
Julie Urban is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University. Julie uses molecular tools such as gene barcoding to study microbes important to spotted lanternfly and other planthoppers.
Heather Leach is the Spotted Lanternfly Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University. Heather is responsible for coordinating the Extension efforts related to education, research, and regulatory activities on spotted lanternfly.
Dave Jackson is an Extension Educator in Forest Resources with Penn State Extension. Dave has expertise on forest health, timber production, and invasive species, including tree-of-heaven.