Blackbrook Audubon hosts online program on threat posed by spotted lanternfly – News-Herald

Blackbrook Audubon has announced that it will shed light on the threat posed by the spotted lanternfly in a virtual program at 7 p.m., March 15.

Anyone can register on the event page of blackbrookaudubon.org to receive a link to view this free program online.

Known as the low-flying leafhopper, this invasive insect from Asia could devastate the grape, wine, orchard and logging industries if allowed to spread, according to a press release. . The lantern hitchhikes on nursery stock, building materials, vehicles, hobby and garden equipment.

This insect, which is not a fly and looks like a moth, feeds on the sap of vines, fruit trees, hops, blueberries, oak, pine, poplar and walnut. First detected in Pennsylvania in 2014, the spotted lanternfly appeared in eastern Ohio in 2020 and was detected in Cuyahoga County in September 2021.

Thomas deHaas of Ohio State University – Lake County Extension will describe the life history of the spotted lanternfly, its preferred host, Tree of Heaven, and how to report sightings of the insect or its egg masses with the application of the Great Lakes Early Warning Network on a mobile. device, the statement said.

Signs of the insect can also be reported to the Ohio Department of Agriculture at [email protected] or 614-728-6400.

Blackbrook Audubon covers Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lake counties as a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. For more information, email [email protected] and follow the group on Facebook.

Karen O. Fielding