An invasive species, spotted lanternflies (lycorma delicatula) – a grey and red insect from China under three centimeters long – that made its way to the United States, are about to move into Canada. The danger is about spelling disaster for the country’s fruit growers and wineries. The insect can be found swarming plants and trees, feasting on sap and nutrient. “So far, we have not seen them in Canada, but that doesn’t mean they’re not far behind,” Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario said, as all Canadians were asked to „look for this pest because being aware of it early is going to give us our best chance at being able to respond to it” by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
In the U.S., Buffalo, N.Y., right across from the Niagara grape-growing region, and the Oakland County were among the fourteen states were the insect’s presence was reported. In Pennsylvania some vineyards have been decimated. The Canadian risk areas are southern Ontario, southern Quebec, parts of the Maritimes and into the interior of BC. Spotted lanternfly may feed on many species of ornamental and forest trees, including red maple and black walnut. The dangerous insects tend to spread by laying eggs or hitchhiking on cars, trucks or anything else they can stow away on, including camping equipment and recreational vehicles.