Virtual Science Saturday: The Spotted Lanternfly

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Date: Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Fee: $5

Fee with Member Discount: Free for Members & Friends

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February 20: The Spotted Lanternfly

Presenter: Richard J. Buckley, Director of Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect native to China, India, and Vietnam, that threatens U.S. agricultural, logging, and tourism industries. First detected in Berks County, PA in 2014, the pest demonstrated its detrimental impact upon plant growth and fruit production as its populations exponentially increased and spread. First confirmed in New Jersey in 2018, the spotted lanternfly has since been recorded in all 21 counties. The highest populations of the insect persist in the counties closer to Pennsylvania, but we expect to see significant population growth in most areas of NJ in the coming years. In addition to harming plant resources, SLF can pose a deterrent to outdoor recreation. While feeding, the spotted lanternfly excretes copious amounts of a sticky substance called honeydew. When large populations of SLF become established, they produce such huge quantities of honeydew that outdoor activity can be very unpleasant. This one hour lecture covers the biology of the spotted lanternfly including the life cycle, feeding behavior, economic damage, and Federal and State efforts to slow the spread of this dangerous nuisance pest. Find out how to recognize the insect when it moves into your area and learn what you can do to help minimize the threat.


Richard J. Buckley received his BS in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware and an MS in Turfgrass Pathology from Rutgers University. Mr. Buckley is an instructor in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School and in the Department of Pathology and Plant Science. He teaches courses in diseases and insect pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants. He is also a frequent lecturer and invited speakers on disease and insect pest problems in turf and ornamentals, plant problem solving, and pest management techniques

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