Unconfirmed Spotted Lanternfly in California

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 11 2020

An unofficial report announced that a single, adult spotted lanternfly was found on a tree in Davis, CA. The insect was found on a tree in a residential area near a hotel.

Last fall, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) officials reported finding several dead adult spotted lanternflies on cargo planes arriving in Sacramento, Stockton, and Ontario airports. All flights originated from the Allentown, PA area.

University of California Cooperative Extension Entomologist, Surendra Dara, commented that since the adult was alive, it likely came from within th...

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