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potential global distribution of spotted lanternfly

potential global distribution of spotted lanternfly

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in China studied climate data in the host ranges of the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) to model what other locales offer potentially suitable habitat for the invasive insect. Globally, their findings show large swaths of the United States, much of Europe, and parts of eastern Asia and the southern reaches of Africa, Australia, and South America are vulnerable to establishment of the spotted lanternfly if it finds its way there. Areas marked with hash marks (“novel areas”) are areas where more environmental data is needed for researchers to make confident predictions about habitat suitability. (Image originally published in Wakie et al 2019, Journal of Economic Entomology)

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