On July 21 spotted lanternfly (SLF) was found in Huntington. After surveying by Indiana DNR the area SLF was found in about a 30-acre area west of downtown. At this point it is unknown how the infestation started, but it’s possible it showed up via rail or on vehicular traffic. It has likely been there for several years. Old egg masses were present and many trees were coated with honey dew and sooty mold from the insect’s feeding. SLF can be easily moved from one location to another on cars, trucks, and various outdoor articles so it is important to check items before you move them.
If you suspect you may have seen spotted lanternfly in your area please contact us at DEPP@dnr.IN.gov or 866-NO-EXOTIC (866-663-9684). Leave your name, contact information and the county in which you live.