Spotted Lanternflies have been identified as a serious threat to Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources. This invasive species could damage more than 70 varieties of plants, including grapes, apples, hops, and hardwood trees, which contribute significantly to Michigan’s economy.
In recent weeks, dead spotted lanternflies were found in Michigan, and freight carriers, warehouse workers, and delivery drivers are asked to be on alert for the insect.
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development inspectors intercepted the pests in a shipment, and they hope future inspections will identify the pests and help with reporting and tracking their spread.
Spotted Lanternflies are roughly one inch long, have gray or brownish wings with black spots when folded, and bright red hind wings when open. They damage plants and trees when they secrete a sticky, sugary substance that becomes moldy.
For more information on identifying and reporting spotted lanternflies, visit Michigan.gov/SpottedLanternfly.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand