Spotted Lantern Fly Update

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The Spotted Lantern Fly is an invasive species of insects that feeds on the sap of a broad number of plants. It was first found in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 2014. An invasive species of tree called Tree of Heaven is a favorite host plant for this insect. Because it will get on other plants such as maples, grapes, apples, hops, and hemp. It has been recorded on over 67 host plants, and as time progresses many new plants will surely be added to this growing list.

To learn more about the Spotted Lantern Fly, click on the link below or contact Jerry Moody, County Extension Director, at 828-733-8270.

Spotted Lantern Fly Article