Spotted Lanternfly Preparedness Conference

11 Dec
February 7, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Doubletree Hotel
11 Beaver Street
Ellen Weeks
413 545-0895

The UMass Center for Food, Agriculture and the Environment is holding a Spotted Lanternfly Preparedness Conference on February 7th at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford, MA.  The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was first detected in the United States in Pennsylvania in 2014. This non-native, invasive insect has since had a large impact on agricultural and ornamental crops and the quality of life of many Pennsylvania residents.

While this insect is associated with the invasive tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), it has been found to feed on more than 70 species of host plants, including apple, plum, peach, grape, and forest species such as oak, maple, pine and poplars. Lanternflies have recently been detected in Delaware, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland.

This conference will provide the latest research and information about the identification, life cycle, impact, monitoring, and Integrated Pest Management options that are known for this insect. Landscapers, arborists, tree wardens, foresters, nursery operators, lawn care professionals, grounds managers, and tree fruit and small fruit growers are encouraged to attend.

Cost of the conference is $70 per person. Snow date will be February 14th.

For more information, go to the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment website at


8:00 am                 Registration

8:45 am                  Spotted Lanternfly Life Cycle, Identification, and Pennsylvania’s Response: Focus on the Fruit Industry  — Heather Leach, Spotted Lanternfly Extension Associate, Penn State Extension

10 am                      New Findings on Spotted Lanternfly Host Plants and Survey Tools  —  Miriam Cooperband, Entomologist, USDA-APHIS-PPQ Science and Technology

10:50 am                How the Green Industry and Homeowners are Responding: Focus on Mechanical Management Methods —  Emelie Swackhamer, Horticultural Educator, Penn State Extension 

11:40 – 12:30 pm               LUNCH BREAK  (ON YOUR OWN)

12:30 pm                 Spotted Lanternfly Management Options: Chemical Management  —  Phil Lewis, Entomologist, USDA-APHIS-PPQ Science and Technology

1:30 pm                   Progress toward the Biological Control of the Spotted Lanternfly  —  Juli Gould, Entomologist, USDA-APHIS-PPQ Science and Technology

2:20 pm                   Pesticide Use and Safety —  Taryn LaScola-Miner, MA Department of Agricultural Resources 

3:15 pm                    Pesticide and Association Credits Distributed

                              Adjourn for the Day