Working Hypothesis: Spotted lanternflies must be captured away from any orchard and returned to their source, as well as monitoring any lanternflies in the vicinity of the orchard and ship trades.
Adult Lanternflies use upwinds to fly up to 40 meters and have attempted to land on fruit tree orchards using their frontal wingspan and with just enough wind speed from the triangle of velocities. This is how they use short flights to conserve small amounts of energy before their angled flight to the tree’s nutrients without exhausting themselves. Such behavior to anticipate their direction without falling towards the ground, which most Lanternflies have attempted and failed to do.
The Spotted Lanternfly migrated into the United States in 2014 due to the shipment of fire wood and have since populated and expanded into newer regions of the U.S. as well as occupying new feeding plant hosts; such as the tree of heaven and swingle. Records of their life stage and eating habits are used to identify the presence of the spotted lanternfly in the area.
Insecticides applied to the Spotted Lanternfly’s favorite foods, such as grapes and tree fruit, should be effective in eliminating future generations and managing their population from eating fruit from U.S. farms. Spraying insecticides would suffice until new ideas for combating this invasive pest were developed.
Creating sticky traps for these pest could reduce the population of the Spotted Lanternfly by using the tree trunks that the pest would use to lay eggs for the next generation and learning how many Spotted Lanternflies have been detected with sticky trapping techniques or luring the pest by using the preferred tree they loved the most.
To learn more about the Spotted Lanternflies’ behavioral habits and whereabouts in America, learn about their anatomy functions that can be used against them by their sense of the antennas and responses to the environment.
Small paper topic
- The anatomy of the Spotted Lanternfly
- Protection for the fruit trees, grape vines, and the plant trees from the Spotted Lanternflies
- Capturing or eliminating the Spotted Lanternflies for good.