Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive pest first detected in the U.S. in Berks County, Penn., in 2014. SLF is native to China and feeds on more than 65 plant species and has emerged as a pest of critical importance to multiple crops including tree fruit, grapes, hops, ornamentals, and many softwood and hardwood tree species. In Pennsylvania alone, it poses a serious threat to the state's $20.5 million grape, $134 million apple, $24 million stone fruit, and $12 billion hardwood industry. Dr. Julie Urban has been involved in efforts to control this insect from 2014 to today and is serving as a scientific advisor to USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in its national response plan to control SLF. Dr. Urban will provide an overview of the current status of SLF in the Northeastern U.S. and an update on its impacts, research, and management.
“What a pest!”: The Spotted Lanternfly in the United States, Research and Management Responses since 2014