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Oregon nursery finds destructive spotted lanternfly, first in Oregon

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 15, 2020
A dead spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was found in a shipment of planters and ceramic pots sent to Oregon from Pennsylvania.
Spotted lanternfly
Oregon   Spotted lanternfly
Recently, a nursery in the Corvallis area found the dead female specimen and called the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program to report.

Topics: Oregon

The SLF poses a threat to tree fruit and grape production. The SLF has also been reported as a serious pest of grapevines in Korea.

This invasive pest also prefers a broad range of more than 70 plant species including apples, cherry, chestnut, hops, maple, peaches, pear, pine, plum, poplar, oak, rose and walnut.

SLF was first found in North America in 2014, in Pennsylvania. It is believed to have arrived on shipments of stone from China.

Since then, SLF has been detected in 11 eastern states (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia). California has also found dead specimens in shipments to date.