Mon, Feb. 13, 2023 10:00am — 11:00am | Plant and Food Research, MRC, B Block 85 Budge Street, Riversdale, Blenheim
Plant & Food Research Limited (PFR) is hosting presentations on Spotted Lanternfly, a significant biosecurity threat to New Zealand.
Spotted Lanternfly can feed on a wide range of plants including grapes, summerfruit and apples. Their voracious feeding has been shown to kill grape vines. The nymphs and adults also excrete honeydew that supports sooty mould growth, so this insect could be a major problem if it arrives in NZ.
Pennsylvania State University associate professor, Julie Urban, is visiting New Zealand to provide information on the pest, such as how to identify the insect, particularly its egg masses. Knowing how to spot the insect increases our chance of finding it early if it were to arrive here, which would increase the likelihood of preventing it establishing a population in NZ.