Invasive noticed lanternfly now in northern Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Seen in July in Indiana’s Huntington County, the invasive noticed lanternfly has formally migrated to northern Indiana, only one yr after its preliminary sighting in Switzerland County.

Cliff Sadof, professor of entomology and Purdue Extension fellow, stated this migration poses a big agricultural threat to wine grape growers and honeybee and walnut tree producers. While the noticed lanternfly feeds on over 100 various kinds of crops, Sadof stated, the insect can reproduce solely when feeding on walnut timber, grape vines or tree of heaven.

Elizabeth Long, Purdue University assistant professor of horticulture crop entomology, stated among the finest defenses that wine grape growers can take in opposition to the noticed lanternfly is studying to determine the life levels of the insect and remaining vigilant inspecting for them.

“Several of the pesticides grape growers at the moment use for different insect pests may even knock down the noticed lanternfly, so there is no such thing as a have to make further sprays as a preventative at the moment,” Long stated. “Looking to subsequent season, the identical technique is required. Keeping a watch out for noticed lanternfly hitchhikers and avoiding transferring gadgets which are prone to by accident transfer bugs alongside are key. Spotted lanternfly populations feeding on wine grape vines can severely scale back winter hardiness or kill the crop all collectively.

Brock Harpur, Purdue assistant professor of entomology, stated bee maintaining gear can even present the proper spot for noticed lanternflies to put eggs, permitting the insect to journey across the state.

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Graphic of the reproductive cycle (Purdue Agricultural Communications)
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“It is crucial for beekeepers to maintain a cautious eye out for indicators of the noticed lanternfly of their space and on their gear,” Harpur stated. “Should the noticed lanternfly turn out to be established in all elements of Indiana, it’s anticipated that honeydew, the secretion that noticed lanternfly depart behind, will turn out to be a part of our late-summer honey harvest.”

Bees make good use of any honeydew they acquire, Harpur stated, however that isn’t fascinating. If a colony does acquire honeydew, a beekeeper might discover the honey has a smokey style and odor and is much less candy than a typical honey. The honeydew tainted product has a darker brown coloration and a notable aftertaste.

Though the full-grown adults have stunning coloring and patterns, noticed lanternfly eggs resemble a splash of mud, making them simple to miss on massive autos touring from state to state. Homeowners ought to, subsequently, additionally stay vigilant in maintaining populations in verify, Sadof stated, because the honeydew secretions from the insect are ceaselessly unfold throughout houses and constructions and are extraordinarily tough to take away when dried.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources asks all residents to seek for and report noticed lanternfly sightings. Anyone recognizing the insect ought to {photograph} it and ship the picture and site to DEPP@dnr.in.gov, or name 1-866-No-Exotic.

Writer: Jillian Ellison, 765-494-0948, ellison1@purdue.edu 

Sources: Cliff Sadof, 765-494-5983, csadof@purdue.edu

Elizabeth Long, 765-496-1918, long132@purdue.edu 

Agricultural Communications: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Department Head, mmanier@purdue.edu

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