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Old 12-14-2014, 08:07 PM
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New pest found in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has reported a new pest in the United States.

The Spotted Lanternfly, a plant hopper from Asia, has the potential to harm various crops and forests.

I don't know if orchids are a potential host, but thought the information should be passed along.

One can read more about it on the Penn. Dept. of Ag. website.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:36 AM
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Thanks for sharing! Sounds like it is one of those things that will get far worse before it gets under control. And, it is such a pretty bug too.....



Lantern Fly Invading United States - BUG UNDER GLASS
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:21 AM
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What exactly does it do? Does the larva bore into the tree or does this just suck the juices from the leaves and fruit? I spray all the fruit trees with Malathion every two weeks during the growing season so I hope that will control it. I might need to start spraying the grapes, though, if this becomes a problem.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:47 AM
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That short article I linked states that they suck the sap out of the tree/vine. And, can cause an entire tree to wither. It does not indicate if they bore into the wood or just go after the softer leaves/stems.

Here's another article that goes into more detail: Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a new invasive pest in the United States - Pest News - ANR Blogs.

Hopefully Pennsylvania will be able to quarantine what ever has brought these invasive bugs and it won't spread as is feared.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:28 PM
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I wonder how they were brought here?
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Is it possible to bring these pests here ? Well, I think people has to be aware of this pest, so that they can secure themselves by these harmful pest. It would be good if we prevent ourselves by hiring team to take the preventive measures.

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Old 08-28-2015, 06:58 PM
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It is pretty tough to fight the insects and diseases that affect fruit trees and to keep them from spreading once they are introduced. I don't see fruit growing going too well in the future for the US. Most of the area orchards have closed where I live and we have been losing trees lately, even though we follow the spraying schedule for insecticides and fungicides. I think, someday, most of our fruit will need to be imported.
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From the google images this is a pretty good sized bug. I have not noticed any here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I like keeping my orchids inside about 9 months of the year, but sure fight the urge not to put those babies in the fresh air and sunshine late June through early or middle September.
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This is one of the reasons quarantine is so strict in Australia. We often complain about not being able to bring plants back with us (except in flask) but we may avoid things like this happening.
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