Michigan Ag Officials Say to Look Out For Bug That Hates Beer
Michigan ag officials are asking for your help in finding a possible new invasive species. A bug that could "damage or kill more than 70 varieties of crops and plants including grapes, apples, hops, and hardwood trees".
Wait. Back up...hops? Like what they use to make beer? Well, this IS serious.
According to the Detroit News, the spotted lanternfly may not be in Michigan yet, but we need to be aware of it before it gets here so we can eradicate it early. It's native to Asia and has already been confirmed in Delaware and other states on the east coast.
Here's how you spot one. According to an advisory from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:
Spotted lanternfly egg masses resemble old chewing gum, with a gray, waxy, putty-like coating. Hatched eggs appear as brownish, seed-like deposits. Spotted lanternfly nymphs are wingless, beetle-like and black with white spots, developing red patches as they mature. Adults are roughly 1 inch long. Their folded wings are gray to brown with black spots. Open wings reveal a yellow and black abdomen and bright red hind wings with black spots transition to black and white bands at the edge.
If you see anything that looks like this, the state ag department wants you to take photos, with the date, time, and location of the sighting, and report it to MDA-info@Michigan.gov or call (800)-292-3939.
Grapes and hops? If you love your beer and boxed wine, you'll be on the lookout.