Caroline Gutman

Photographer
   
Pennsylvania Turns To Man's Best Friend To Sniff Out Spotted Lanternfly Infestation
Location: Philadelphia
Nationality: American
Biography: Caroline Gutman is a freelance photographer and writer based between Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her work often looks at gender and economic inequality, climate change, and art and cultural innovation. Her work has been featured by... MORE
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Pennsylvania Turns To Man's Best Friend To Sniff Out Spotted Lanternfly Infestation
Copyright Caroline Gutman 2022
Updated Jan 2021
Location Harrisburg, PA
Topics Agriculture, Animals, Climate Change, Conservation, Documentary, Dog training, Editorial, Environment, Essays, Insects, Invasive species, Photography, Photojournalism, Reporting, Working dog
Story for NPR.

Spotted lanternflies are easy enough to spot, with ruby red streaks beneath black-and-white wings that blend like an abstract expressionist painting.

But six years after the first sightings of them, Pennsylvanians have been told to squash them on sight. They exact a huge toll on agriculture. The insects feed off 70 plant species, including fruit trees and grapevines, and they could cost Pennsylvania $324 million per year in lost crops and 2,800 agricultural jobs if left unchecked.

Lucky, a 19-month-old German shepherd, is the first dog trained to find the eggs of the colorful cousin of cicadas and aphids before the lanternflies hatch and spread their wings.
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