Watch for Spotted Lanternfly

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The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive insect from China. The insect was first discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014 but has since spread to Maryland, Delaware, New York, and Virginia. This pest is thought to be heading our way.

Spotted lanternfly feeds on over 60 species of woody plants, including fruit trees and grapevines. The insect prefers to feed on another invasive species, tree-of-heaven, so removing this plant from your property will help control spotted lanternfly.

If you find a spotted lanternfly, take a photo and email it to You can also call 1-800-206-9333.

More Information and Resources for Identifying Spotted Lanternfly:

Plant Industry – Plant Protection Section Entomological Services

Penn State Spotted Lanternfly website

NC State University North Central IPM

Information on Tree-of-Heaven:

Tree of Heaven – Invasive Plants of the Southeast

Penn State Extension

Adult Spotted Lantern Fly

Adult Spotted Lanternfly -Richard Gardner,

Juvenile Spotted Lanternfly

Juvenile Spotted Lanternfly – Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,

Tree of Heaven

Tree-of-Heaven – Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia,

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Susan Hawkins, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSusan HawkinsExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Susan E-mail Susan N.C. Cooperative Extension, Davie County Center
Updated on Jan 16, 2020
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