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Maryland confirms first spotted lanternfly hatch of 2020

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 26, 2020
The Maryland Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first spotted lanternfly hatch of 2020.
Spotted lanternfly
Maryland   Spotted lanternfly
The first instar nymph of the season was reported by a department employee while surveying for the pest in the upper northeast corner of Cecil County near the Pennsylvania border.

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The spotted lanternfly poses a major threat to the region’s agricultural industries as it feeds on over 70 different types of plants and crops — including grapes, hops, apples, peaches, oak, pine, and many others.

As a known hitchhiker, the spotted lanternfly has confirmed populations in neighboring states, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey.

In Maryland, spotted lanternfly hatching has begun and will last through mid-July.

Marylanders should stay vigilant for spotted lanternfly, which, in its current life stage, appear as tiny white-spotted angular black nymphs about a quarter-inch in size.