New Spotted Lanternfly spread predicted

23 June 2022

A study published in Nature magazine early this month has released some scary predictions on the spread of Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) across the USA.

SLF was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to 11 surrounding states. The report states that if SLF spread was left unmitigated and unmanaged, they expect the pest to spread to California as soon as 2027 and to establish across almost the entire country by 2037.

The main pathways across the USA are railroads and accidental human-mediated transport (as SLF lay eggs on shipping material, stone, railroad cars, and even vehicles).

Take a look at the spread simulation across the country in the figure (below) from 2020 to 2050 and see the article in full online here.

The SLF is one of the kiwifruit industry’s most unwanted threats and there are several projects underway to ensure we are prepared for its potential arrival.