The IPM Toolbox: "What You Need to Know about the Spotted Lanternfly" – Webinar Recording

Recorded September 19, 2018.

Julie Urban

Julie Urban, Senior Research Associate, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State

Heather Leach

Heather Leach, Spotted Lanternfly Extension Associate, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State

Dave Jackson

Dave Jackson, Extension Educator, Forest Resources, Penn State

Julie Urban, Heather Leach, and Dave Jackson, Penn State


Spotted lanternfly is a new invasive insect found in southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, and western New Jersey. It is a voracious insect that can feed on over 75 plants, including economically important crops like grapes, hops, apples, and other tree fruit. It also feeds heavily on deciduous trees like black walnut, maple, and poplar, having potentially significant impacts to the timber industry. Its preferred host is an invasive plant, tree-of-heaven, that is currently being targeted for spotted lanternfly control and monitoring throughout the northeast region. Penn State Extension educators and researchers provide an update on the status of spotted lanternfly, answer questions about how to remove and treat tree-of-heaven, and provide an update on ongoing research at Penn State and elsewhere.

About the Presenters

Julie Urban is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State. Julie uses molecular tools such as gene barcoding to study microbes important to spotted lanternfly and other planthoppers.

Heather Leach is the Spotted Lanternfly Extension Associate in the Department of Entomology at Penn State. Heather is responsible for coordinating the Extension efforts related to education, research, and regulatory activities on spotted lanternfly.

Dave Jackson is an Extension Educator in Forest Resources with Penn State Extension. Dave has expertise on forest health, timber production, and invasive species, including tree-of-heaven.

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