Thursday, September 26, 2019

French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust Hosted Spotted Lanternfly Program In Chester County

The French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust was proud to invite the community to join in an educational evening with Dr. Heather Leach, a Penn State University Extension Spotted Lanternfly expert, who was recently interviewed in the Wall Street Journal. 
In partnership with Historic Yellow Springs in Chester County, over 80 community members gathered to discuss Penn State University’s latest findings.
Dr. Leach helped the audience to identify the difference between male and female Spotted Lanternflys, understand their diet, reproductive and migratory patterns, and measure the potential threat the insect poses to our environment-specifically to the Ailanthus tree and fruit-producing trees. 
The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that is native to parts of China, India, Vietnam and eastern Asia. Because the Spotted Lanternfly’s only known predator is human interaction, and the females can lay eggs on any surface, the population is disproportionately high.
[Chester County is in the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine area.]
[For more information on this invasive species, quarantine areas, precautions to take visiting areas for sporting events and more, drop by the Penn State Extension Spotted Lanternfly and the Department of Agriculture’s Spotted Lanternfly webpages.]
Upcoming Events
For more on upcoming educational events, including Second Sunday Hikes and Third Thursday Lectures, be sure to check the Events page on the Trust’s website.
The French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust seeks to strengthen the connection between northern Chester County residents and nature. We believe that education is a crucial foundation for fostering a deep relationship between our community and the environment.
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