Call for Public Help after Possible Spotted Lanternfly Detection

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is asking the public to keep a watch for the spotted lanternfly, a potentially destructive invasive insect that may have been observed in the Omak region. Spotted lanternfly, a native to Asia, attacks primarily grapes, but also has been sighted in other crops including apple, peach and other fruit trees. Last week the Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) received a report of a possible sighting of 5 live specimens of the spotted lanternfly. In response, WSDA entomologists performed an extensive search of the area but as yet could not confirm the report.

The spotted lanternfly has not yet been detected in BC. Public assistance in looking for and reporting possible sightings could provide critical information about the pest’s whereabouts. When reporting possible sightings, include a photograph, date, detailed location of the sighting and GPS coordinate if possible. Most importantly – collect the suspect specimen by placing it any sealable container. In BC, reports can be made to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) at

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Photo submitted with suspected spotted lanterfly report