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Watch for Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly. screenshot of photo by Henripekka Kallio from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Perho.jpg, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

Spotted lanternfly. screenshot of photo by Henripekka Kallio from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Perho.jpg, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

May 30, 2019

The spotted lanternfly is a new invasive pest has the potential to threaten the tree fruit, horticulture and timber industries of the Northeast. It has been seen as close to Maine as Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. Adults and nymphs feed on leaves and stems by sucking out the plant sap with their straw-like mouth parts. The feeding causes wilting, dieback and eventual death of the plant after prolonged exposure. C.J. Walke, MOFGA’s organic orchard educator, tells how to spot and report this pest in his article “Spotted Lanternfly – A Pest on the Horizon” in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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