A new threat to Pennsylvania is the SPOTTED LANTERNFLY (Lycorma delicatula) which is a one-inch-long, red, black and white planthopper that’s native to Southeast Asia and was first identified in Berks County, PA in 2014.
What’s at stake with Spotted Lanternfly (SLF)?
Your Maple trees and “Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture industry and the quality of life for more than 13 million Pennsylvanians.”
What does this planthopper like to eat?
SLF feeds on the sap from a number of plants but prefers grapevines, maples, black walnut, birch and willow. Its feeding damage stresses plants and in some cases causes death. Photo of SLF feeding: Emelie Swackhamer
YOUR MISSION: Search for egg masses and scrape them off
Egg masses are a light gray wax-like substance that take on the appearance of mud and encompass an average of 30-50 individual eggs. Photo: Erica Smyers