Spotted lanternfly detected in Ohio
Spotted lanternfly nymphs
Photo courtesy of USDA-APHIS

Spotted lanternfly detected in Ohio

Ohioans urged to be on the lookout for the invasive pest, which could devastate the state’s agricultural economy.


The Columbus Dispatch has reported that the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF) has been detected in Ohio. Read the article, below:

It was a flickering neon light that may have attracted it. It’s likely the red and grey distinctive spotted fly hopped from a nearby rail car, which routinely runs about 50 feet away from the shop’s window. 

Jason Kopras, an auto glass shop owner, found the spotted lanternfly on the windowsill of his business JK Auto Glass, in Mingo Junction.

It marks the first documented case of the spotted lanternfly in Ohio. If, and when, the invasive species becomes entrenched in Ohio, experts say it will have a devastating ripple effect on state growers.

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