Tune In - What You Need To Know About Spotted Lanternfly (SLF)

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Last week, Emerald Ash Borer University (EABU) hosted a webinar on the Spotted Laternfly (Lycorma delicatula). The session has been recorded and is available online for viewing. The presentation is free, as well as other past EABU educational sessions. 

 

The SLF session provided information for someone who is not familiar with SLF, and individuals with some background but would like an update on the latest developments. Just like other invasive species, we need to be alert to our own surroundings and if we see something that we suspect could be SLF or another invasive species, report it using the Great Lakes Early Detection App, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), or your contact in the local OSU Extension Office. The SLF has not been detected in Ohio, but we must remain on alert. This webinar is a great way to quickly get up to speed and know what to look for throughout the entire year. 

 

SLF Adult

 

The presenters for the SLF webinar were Heather Leach, Spotted Lanternfly Extension Coordinator and Dr. Julie Urban, Senior Research Associate, both of Penn State University.  They were able to share their knowledge and first hand experience on a pest we do not want in Ohio. 

 

The webinar included the following information:

 

  • Life Cycle
  • Biology 
  • Host Preference 
    • Tree of Heaven
    • Black Walnut
    • Grapes
    • Apples
    • and more than 70 more plants
  • Damage
    • Plant Death and Decline
    • Yield Losses
    • Sooty Mold Accumulations 
  • Current Research Update

 

The recorded webinar can be found online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSjKoBCukac   

 

I found the session to be very useful and filled with practical information. The speakers included the photo below in their presentation. While I was taken back by the number of SLF adults in this photo, I reminded myself to be alert to not only these huge number that anyone would likely notice, but fine tune my diagnostic skills to look for the single specimen, the egg mass at quick glance could look like mud, or the unusually high activity of yellow jackets attracted to the honeydew produced by the SLF this time of the year. 

 

SLF Adults on Tree Trunk
 

 

You can help fight invasives species by learning more and engaging others about these pests.  

 

If you are interested in the topic of invasives and want to learn more, check out future EABU sessions. of the fall schedule include: 

  • Gypsy Moth: Past, Present and Future, Thursday, September 27, 11:00 am EST
  • Lingering Ash: EAB Resistant Ash Trees, Thursday, October 4, 11:00 am EST
  • Managing Ash Tree Post Emerald Ash Borer, Thursday, October 11, 11:00 am EST
  • The Asian Longhorned Beetle, Thursday, October 16, 11:00 am EST

 

Recorded sessions can be accessed through the emerald ash borer website: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/eabu.php