South Jersey Butterfly Project
Palmyra Cove Nature Park & adjoining private property
Burlington County, NJ
While birding in the park today I observed a few b'flies once it warmed up. Also, unfortunately, found a Spotted Lanternfly (see photo).
[This is a significant discovery of this very destructive non-native pest, which now is apparently invading NJ from hot spots immediately across the Delaware River in PA. All NJ sightings (especially those photo'd as Tom did here) should be reported to the NJ Dept of Agriculture. It's a leafhopper that feeds by sucking plant sap. Adults prefer Ailanthus trees but the black and white nymphs feed on more than 70 plant species. See more info about them, the destruction they cause, and how to report here: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/pi/prog/spottedlanternfly.html
Thanks to Tom for his alertness and sharp eyes!
Spotted Lanternfly (!)
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