spotted lanternfly

Agri View: Spotted Lanternfly- A New Insect to Fear

Dan General

spotted lanternfly

Pinned spotted lanternfly adult with wings open. Note the bright red coloration now visible on the hindwings. This cannot be seen when the insect is at rest.
Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Everett Griner talks about the Spotted Lanternfly. A new insect everyone should fear in today’s Agri View.

Well, we have enough bugs and insects for farmers to deal with already. But, believe me, there will be more.

Profile of spotted lanternfly adult at rest. Note the wings are held tent-like over the back of the insect.

Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Right now the public is being alerted to be aware of the Spotted Lantern Fly. It not only is a threat to corn and soybeans. It is also destructive to grapevines and small fruit trees.

That is where the public comes in. Backyard grapevines and a single peach, pear, plum, or citrus, tree can be found in a lot of backyards. That makes this creature a threat to a lot of people besides farmers.

It is a small bug that resembles a moth. Its wings contain five different colors. That should help you identify it if it shows up on your property.

If you see it, you have a problem. Get help, from anywhere you can

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner…