Northeastern IPM Center launches spotted lanternfly webinar series

Northeastern IPM Center launches spotted lanternfly webinar series

The webinars will bring growers up to speed on the new invasive pest.

January 31, 2019
Edited by Matt McClellan

A new webinar series is being developed to provide information on spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest that has been found to feed on 70 species of plants in both the agricultural and urban segments of the northeastern United States. The spotted lanternfly is an excellent hitchhiker and moves primarily through human movement, giving it the potential to show up anywhere in the United States. It is important to know how to properly identify this pest and report its sighting.

Each webinar will be one hour in length and cover:

  • Overview of spotted lanternfly biology and identification
  • Overview of hosts
  • Monitoring and management strategies
  • Regulatory update

While the content may be relevant to audiences throughout the Northeast, management practices covered will be specific to New York. Register here.

Participants will be encouraged to ask questions.

The first in the webinar series takes place Feb. 26 and will focus on hops, berry and vegetable growers. The fourth in the webinar series targets the nursery, greenhouse and landscape industries. It will take place March 4 at 1:00 p.m. The series is co-presented by the NYS IPM ProgramNYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, and the Northeastern IPM Center.

Here is the list of speakers: 
Dan Gilrein, Entomology, Suffolk County CCE
Elizabeth Lamb, Ornamentals IPM Coordinator, NYS IPM Program
Brian Eshenaur, Ornamentals IPM Specialist, NYS IPM Program
Ethan Angell, NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets

For details on the individual webinars, click here.

Editor's note: For more on the spotted lanternfly, read our January cover story.