MDARD asks Michiganders to be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly, an invasive species threatening agriculture, natural resources

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Office of Agriculture and Rural Progress (MDARD) is asking for the public’s assist by currently being on the lookout for noticed lanternfly, an invasive insect with the possible to significantly have an impact on Michigan’s agriculture and organic methods. This insect feeds on additional than 70 unique vegetation including grapes, apples, hops, and hardwood trees.

“Our agricultural and pure methods are component of Michigan’s id and spotted lanternfly has the prospective to endlessly transform that landscape,” said Robert Miller, MDARD’s invasive species avoidance and reaction expert within the Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. “With its potential to wreak havoc grapes, apples, hops, stone fruits and additional, this could be devastating to Michigan’s farmers and the state’s food items and agriculture sector.”

Very first detected in the United States in 2014 in southeastern Pennsylvania, noticed lanternfly has been spreading speedily across the northeastern states. To day, infestations have been confirmed in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Whilst dwell spotted lanternfly has not been detected in Michigan, MDARD and the United States Division of Agriculture have verified five scenarios of lifeless noticed lanternfly found in separate areas across the condition. In these situations, the lifeless insects were uncovered in packaging supplies or objects transported from states with regarded infestations.

Noticed lanternflies can’t fly extended distances, but they lay eggs on almost any floor like cars, trailers, firewood, out of doors furnishings and far more. Ahead of leaving an place, MDARD is asking individuals to look at cars, firewood and out of doors products for unwelcome hitchhikers. Persons and enterprises receiving shipments from states identified to have spotted lanternfly need to also be on the lookout for grownups or egg masses on products and packing resources.

“With the present-day amount of unfold, it is possible spotted lanternfly could access Michigan at any time,” Miller added. “Public consciousness and reporting are critical to early detection, which delivers the possibility to comprise an infestation prior to it results in being a widespread problem.”

Noticed lanternfly will cause immediate destruction by sucking sap from host vegetation even though secreting big quantities of a sugar-loaded, sticky liquid termed honeydew. This honeydew and the ensuing black sooty mildew can get rid of plants and foul surfaces. The honeydew generally attracts other pests like yellow jackets, flies, and ants, affecting outdoor recreation and complicating crop harvests.

From late summertime to the initial tricky frost, spotted lanternflies are in their grownup phase and best to determine. Grownups are roughly a person inch extensive. Their folded wings are gray to brown with black places. Open up wings expose a yellow and black abdomen and vivid pink hind wings with black places transitioning to black and white bands at the edge.

Woman spotted lanternfly lay egg masses in the tumble, which resemble outdated chewing gum, with a grey, waxy, putty-like coating. Egg masses can endure winter temperatures to hatch in the spring. Hatched eggs show up as brownish, seed-like deposits. Spotted lanternfly juveniles are wingless and are black with white places, creating purple patches in their remaining juvenile phase. 

If you locate a noticed lanternfly egg mass, juvenile or grownup, just take one particular or a lot more shots, make take note of the day, time and locale of the sighting, and report it to MDARD by means of email at [email protected] or by contacting 800-292-3939. If doable, accumulate a specimen in a container for verification.

Just before traveling, verify out the map of confirmed spotted lanternfly areas. For supplemental data on figuring out or reporting, visit Michigan.gov/SpottedLanternfly.