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Posted on: May 11, 2018

Special Alert: Spotted Lanternfly

The Dept. of Agriculture is asking municipalities to report any findings of Spotted Lanternfly. This insect has the potential to impact the agricultural industry, especially the grape, hop, small fruit, vegetable, and horticultural industries.

spotted laternflyThe Department of Agriculture is asking municipalities to report any findings of Spotted Lanternfly to the Department either by email to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov or call the New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly Hotline at 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0) and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information.
This insect has the potential to greatly impact the overall agricultural industry of the state especially the grape, hop, small fruit, vegetable, and horticultural industries.
The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is an invasive planthopper native to China, India, Vietnam, and Korea that has been found in 13 counties in Pennsylvania and may be spreading into New Jersey. This insect is an excellent hitchhiker, so movement to and from the current quarantine areas in Pennsylvania can provide an excellent opportunity for its spread to new locations.

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