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Fun Fact
20 August 2020

Did you know one Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) egg mass can produce 50 new suckers? Who even knows how many egg masses one SLF produces!

Don’t let this pest’s exotic design and cool colours fool you – it is a big problem overseas and has quickly become a threat to kiwifruit and many other horticultural industries. SLF feeds on sap, damaging plants, and excretes large amounts of sticky liquid that promotes the growth of sooty mould which marks fruit, rendering it unsalable to markets.

Fortunately, we don’t have SLF in New Zealand yet, but early detection of its presence is vital if we are to have the best chance for eradication. How might it get here? Most likely as egg masses (which look like mud smears) on imported goods from the USA and/or Asia. During the high-risk season of September – April you might also see the vibrant red wings of adult flies. If you see anything catch it, snap it, and report it to Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66.

Read our profile on SLF, including lots of photos, in the new KVH Annual Update here.  

Image left: An adult Spotted Lanternfly, identifiable by its vibrant red hindwings and spotted forewings. Image right: SLF egg masses on tree bark.

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