The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is native to China and was first detected in Pennsylvania in September 2014. Spotted lanternfly feeds on a wide range of fruit, ornamental and woody trees, with tree-of-heaven being one of the preferred hosts. Spotted lanternflies are invasive and can be spread long distances by people who move infested material or items containing egg masses. If allowed to spread in the United States, this pest could seriously impact the country’s grape, orchard, and logging industries.
If you find an insect that you suspect is the spotted lanternfly, please report it to the following experts to have the specimen identified properly:
New Jersey: email@example.com or call 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0)
Delaware: online, https://agriculture.delaware.gov/plant-industries/spotted-lanternfly/; email HitchHikerBug@state.de.us, or call (302) 698-4586.
Maryland: call (410) 841-5920 or email DontBug.MD@maryland.gov
West Virginia, report and send pictures of suspect spotted lanternfly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Other States
If you suspect any life stage of the spotted lanternfly (egg mass through adults), please contact your local Extension office or State Plant Regulatory Official to report it.
If you find an insect or egg mass that you suspect is the spotted lanternfly, contact your local Extension office or State Plant Regulatory Official to report it.
For more information, homeowners can reference the “Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners” factsheet available through Pennsylvania State University Extension.