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Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly is a threat to many fruit crops and trees. Learn to spot it and report it.

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.

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Hops
  • Maple Trees
  • Nectarines
  • Oak Trees
  • Peaches
  • Pine Trees
  • Plums
  • Poplar Trees
  • Sycamore Trees
  • Walnut Trees
  • Willow Trees
Spotted lanternfly is a hitchhiker. Be sure to inspect for the pest. Egg masses, juveniles, and adults can be on trees and plants and are also found on bricks, stone, metal, and other smooth surfaces. Also thoroughly check your vehicles, trailers, and even the clothes you’re wearing because you can accidently move spotted lanternfly.
  • Plants that ooze or weep and have a fermented odor
  • Buildup of sticky fluid (honeydew) on plants and on the ground underneath infested plants
  • Sooty mold on infested plants
  • Inspect your trees and plants for signs of this pest, particularly at dusk and at night when the insects tend to gather in large groups on the trunks or stems of plants.
     
  • Inspect trees (in particular, tree of heaven), bricks, stone, and other smooth surfaces for egg masses.

HOW TO REPORT SPOTTED LANTERNFLY

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:

Pennsylvania

  • If you are in a quarantine area, this YouTube video shows how to identify, remove, and destroy spotted lanternfly egg masses. For additional information on what to do if you find spotted lanternfly, visit extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.

New Jersey:  plantindustry@ag.nj.gov or call 1-833-223-2840 (BADBUG0)


Virginia:  https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask


Delaware: online, https://agriculture.delaware.gov/plant-industries/spotted-lanternfly/; email HitchHikerBug@state.de.us, or call (302) 698-4586.


New York:  spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov or iMapInvasives.


Maryland: call (410) 841-5920 or email DontBug.MD@maryland.gov


West Virginia, report and send pictures of suspect spotted lanternfly to bugbusters@wvda.us.


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.


Pennsylvania and other State regulated areas.

  • Spotted lanternfly is a hitchhiker. Be sure to inspect for the pest. Egg masses, juveniles, and adults can be on trees and plants and are also found on bricks, stone, metal, and other smooth surfaces. Also thoroughly check your vehicles, trailers, and even the clothes you’re wearing because you can accidently move spotted lanternfly.

 

What's at Risk from the Spotted Lanternfly:


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