The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive pest from Asia. As an adult, the SLF has bright colored wings spanning 1 inch long. As a nymph, the SLF is black with white spots, and develops red over time. Nymphs come out as early as April, while adults can be seen in early July.
The Spotted Lanternfly primarily feeds on tree of heaven, grapevine, hops, maple, walnut and other fruit trees. This has a serious impact economically because fruit is at such high demand.
The SLF uses its sucking mouth piece to feed on sap. This stresses out the plants and makes them vulnerable to disease and attacks from other insects. Sap begins to ooze out of the tree trunk as a defense mechanism, (above).
where are they located?
In 2014, SLF were discovered for the first time in Pennsylvania. They have since been found in New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, and now New York. In 2018 there were reports of the SLF in Albany, Monroe, Yates and Suffolk counties. In Pennsylvania, where SLF populations are dense, people can't go outside without getting honeydew in their hair and on their clothes.
WHAT CAN I DO?
If you believe you have found the SLF or any egg masses, take a picture and send it to email@example.com