Ohio State University Studies Crop-Damaging Lanternfly In Light of Recent Spotting

In *All, Agricultural Systems, Food Security by Ag is America

A tree and crop-damaging insect known as the spotted lanternfly that was found in Pennsylvania has the potential to reach the Ohio border says researcher Celeste Welty from the Ohio State University Extension.  Spotted lanternflies suck sap from fruit crops and trees, which can weaken them and contribute to their death. Trees, such as the tree-of-heaven and the willow, will develop weeping wounds from the feeding damage of this pest.  Grapes, apples, and stone fruits such as cherries, as well as the hardwood industry, are also at risk.

Welty, an entomologist, believes that because of their limited pallet lanternflies are not likely to do as much damage, compared to other wildlife such as the spotted wing drosophila or the brown marmorated stink bug, which feed on fruit and vegetable crops. And unlike the spotted wing drosophila and the brown marmorated stink bug, the lanternfly is easy to spot because the adult bug is about 1 inch long and, with its wings extended, about 2 inches wide. All that can be done now is to remind residents to be on the lookout for symptoms of the bug on their trees. Lanternflies are known to cause a plant to ooze or weep, and have a fermented odor.

If someone sees a lanternfly, they are encouraged to contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6201.

To learn more about the Spotted lanternfly, read more here

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