Spotted Lantern Fly - What You Need to Know!





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• Detected on September 22, 2014 in Berks County Pennsylvania.

• Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is a plant hopper, Lycorma delicatula (white) belonging to the family Fulgoridae in the order Hemiptera (true bugs).

• Makes use of over 70 different plant species, including fruit trees, ornamental trees, woody trees, vegetables, herbs and vines. Strongly prefers the invasive “Tree of Heaven”.


• Like most hemipterans, SLF feeds on plants using their sucking and piercing mouthparts to extract plant sap.

• Adults and nymphs feed on phloem tissues of young stems with their piercing and sucking mouthparts and excrete large quantities of liquid (honeydew).

• Feeding creates weeping wounds.

• Honeydew facilitates the growth of sooty mold.

• Weeping Sap attracts activity from hymenopteran such as wasps, hornets, ants, bees etc.

• Impacts quality of outdoor life for everyone.

What to do

• What to do: If you see egg masses (pictured above), scrape them off, double bag them and throw them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol, bleach or hand sanitizer to kill them.

• Collect a specimen: Specimens of any life stage can be turned in to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s lab for verification.

• Take a picture: With your GPS function turned on your smartphone or a camera with GPS, take a photograph of ANY life stage (including egg masses).

• Submit picture to:

• Report a site: If you can’t take a specimen or photograph, call New Jersey Spotted Lanternfly Hotline at 609-406-6943 and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information.

Click here for a checklist to do if you find a SLF.

Click here for SLF Flyer.