Thursday, November 6, 2014

Spotted Lanternfly found in Pennsylvania

On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in Berks County.

The Spotted Lanternfly is a planthopper from Asia, specifically found in China, Korea, India, Vietnam, and parts of eastern Asia. It is an invasive insect in Korea where it was introduced in 2006 and since has attacked 25 plant species which also grow in Pennsylvania. In the U.S. it has the potential to greatly impact the grape, fruit tree and logging industries. This pest attacks many hosts including grapes, apples, pines, stone fruits and more than 70 additional species.

More information can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Field Scouting with Google Glass? Group Will Study the Potential

There has been a lot of hype about using newer web-connected technologies to carryout field scouting and surveys in agricultural commodities.  In a feature article in the October 2014 issue of Growing Georgia, Allison Floyd provides an overview of new project funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture that will evaluate how Google Glass technologies can be used in pecan production.     

Drones & Trees:  A free quarterly newsletter by the image-analysis company Intelescope Solutions Ltd that contains very readable reports (usually 4) about operational remote sensing, use of drones, digital imaging, etc.  focused on forestry applications.  The article “A View from Above: Using Tree Crown Measurement for Early Intervention and Inventory, Article 1 in the October 2014 newsletter continues this trend.  Check it out at at   
Previous newsletters have contained articles titled:
-  Satellites, Manned Aircrafts, UAVs – Pluses & Minuses of Image Sources
-  How to Select the Right UAV for Your Forestry Application

I am not promoting Intelescope, but I do find their newsletter to contain some useful information that you might also find of interest.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Invasive Lionfish Populations May Increase Along with Water Temperatures

The lionfish, Pterois volitans, has already shown itself to be one of the fastest spreading invasive species we have seen along America's southeastern coastline, including the gulf. Unfortunately scientists think that as ocean temperatures rise the lionfish will be able to inhabit coastlines further north.
lionfish, Pterois volitans
U.S. Geological Survey Archive, U.S. Geological Survey, 
If you are interested in reading more:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Georgia Outdoors Program

Check out "Invaders" by the Georgia Outdoors Program! It's available for viewing online here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kudzu Bug and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Webinar

When:              2:00 P.M. Friday September 5, 2014 

Where:             Your Computer 

These invasive insects have negatively affected people and agricultural production systems across the Eastern and Southeastern U.S. 

In this week’s All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar1, two leading U.S. experts on these invasive pests will discuss: how to identify them; how they are spreading; and their economic impact.

During the first half hour Dr. Mike Toews2 will address the topic Kudzu Bug Takes Over the Southeastern U.S.

During the second half-hour Dr. Tracy Leskey3 will address the topic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug -- All Bad

Log into the webinar from your computer at and follow online instructions.


1 The All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series are brought to you by the eXtension Imported Fire AntsUrban IPMBee HealthInvasive SpeciesGardens, Lawns and Landscapes, and Disasters Communities of Practice and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension SystemFor more information about  the All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series see:  

2 Dr. Mike Toews is Associate Professor of Entomology and Co-Director Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia

3 Dr. Tracy Leskey is Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, WV

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thanks for your interest!