The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is asking Michiganders to keep an eye out for the spotted lanternfly.
“The spotted lanternfly is an insect that has the potential to seriously affect Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources,” said Jennifer Holton, communications director for the MDARD.
The bug is native to Asia but arrived in Pennsylvania in 2014. It can damage or kill more than 70 different types of crops and plants including grapes, apples, hops and hardwood trees.
“It has not been detected in Michigan yet and we certainly don’t want it here,” she said. “But early identification is critical to being able to have containment and eradication of any invasive species.”
The grape industry is in the most danger, according to Michigan fruit and pest expert, Mark Longstroth. He says Pennsylvania, where the bug was first sighted, the fly has even killed grape vines.