Spotted lanternflies advancing towards Michiana

The highly invasive lanternfly has already been spotted in two counties of Indiana and one county in eastern Michigan, so insect experts know it’s only a matter of time before the sap-sucking insect shows up in Michiana.

Agencies in both states have made an effort to spread the word about the planthoppers first found in Pennsylvania in 2014 and have now spread to about a dozen states east of here because they can cause significant damage to a wide variety of plants. crops and plants.

The bug originated in China and most likely arrived in the United States via imported cargo from Asia, according to the US Department of Agriculture. And while it prefers to feed on the invasive Tree of Heaven, it can also seriously damage grapes, apples, hops, walnuts and hardwood trees by sucking sap from branches, stems and vines.

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