Biocontrol News Archive

5/3/2021: Spotted Lanternfly Now Emerging 

Spotted lanternfly nymphs are now hatching from egg masses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Be on the lookout for this life stage, as nymphs will be hatching soon in Connecticut!

5/3/2021: Newest Buzz in the World of Entomology

Have you heard the newest buzz in the world of entomology? This year one of the largest broods of periodical cicadas, Brood X, will emerge from underground in 15 states throughout the eastern US. The following states will see these 17-year cicadas in abundance throughout May and June; DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV. Brood XI, which historically ranged in Connecticut and Rhode Island, is considered extinct (see Habitat Suitability Modelling of Northern 17-Year Periodical Cicada Extinctions from Global Ecology and Biogeography). The closest state to Rhode Island that may experience Brood X this year is New York. To see a full list of 13 and 17 year brood emergence years and distributions, visit UConn’s periodical cicada page. Additional resources are available at: Cicada Crew UMD and Bug of the Week: Periodical Cicadas

5/4/2021: RIDEM Press Release on Emerald Ash Borer 

Rhode Island DEM released a statement updating RI residents about the invasive emerald ash borer that continues to spread throughout the state. First detected in 2018, the pest has spread to over 15 towns and ash mortality is increasing. RIDEM encourages residents to buy and burn local firewood to slow the spread of this pest.  For more details, please visit the RIDEM press release.

8/6/2021: RIDEM Press Release on Spotted Lanternfly Found in Rhode Island

On 8/6/21, RIDEM announced that a spotted lanternfly was detected for the first time in RI. A single SLF adult was found in an industrial/commercial area in Warwick near Jefferson Blvd. and a photo of the insect was sent to DEM through its online agricultural pest alert system. No known population of SLF is currently present in this area, and DEM will be conducting an extensive survey of the area to determine if there is any further presence of the invasive insect. The closest known infestation area to RI is in Fairfield Co., CT, where adults are currently present in high numbers. To learn more about SLF and how to submit a report if you suspect you have found one, see our SLF page.

9/15/2021: A Single Dead SLF Adult Found in a Unique Way

A spotted lanternfly was detected in Thomas County, Kansas by a little boy who had found a single dead SLF and unknowingly added it to his insect collection for the Kansas State Fair. He found the SLF at his home in May, so this adult was likely from the previous year of adult emergences, which begins in late July. The closest state with a known infestation is Indiana, and a federal investigation has been launched to survey the state for SLF populations. To read the full article, follow the link here.

9/28/2021: First SLF Population Detected in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced on 9/28/21 that a small population of SLF has been detected in the city of Fitchburg. This is the first report of a SLF population in Massachusetts, and agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing extensive surveys in the area to understand the full extent. For more information, see the MDAR SLF press release.

1/5/2022: penn state releases article about spotted lanternfly misconceptions

Penn State Extension has released an article discussing common misconceptions about spotted lanternfly. The authors address frequently asked questions about the pest such as their impact on the environment, their current distribution, and their interaction with humans and animals. The full article can be found here. 

2/14/2022: national invasive species awareness week 2022

The 2022 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) will be held February 28-March 4! NISAW aims to raise awareness about invasive species present throughout the United States. A series of educational webinars will be held each day, and more information can be found on the NISAW home page.

2/28/2022: slf 101 webinar recording available

Northeastern IPM Center has published the Spotted Lanternfly 101 Webinar which was held on February 28, 2022. The link to their recordings can be found here


The North American Invasive Species Management Association’s 2021 Biocontrol Summit, which was held on December 29th, has been uploaded to YouTube. The full video can be found here

3/1/2022: spotted lanternfly summit 2022

Northeastern IPM has published the Spotted Lanternfly Summit recordings from March 1, 2, and 3. Links to watch can be found below:

2022 Spotted Lanternfly Summit Day 1

2022 Spotted Lanternfly Summit Day 2

2022 Spotted Lanternfly Summit Day 3

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