Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is believed to have enter the US on a shipment of rocks to Bucks County, PA in September of 2012. Since then is has quickly grown in population and has confirmed infestations in several eastern states including New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. However, the name is deceiving, the adults look like a moth and the 4 immature instars look like beetles. Needless to say it is neither a fly nor a moth, but rather a leafhopper. A SLF is a sap-sucking insect of the order Homoptera. The SLF uses its piercing-sucking mouthpart to feed on the sap from over 70 different plant species. It has a strong preference for economically important plants including grapevines, maple trees, black walnut, birch, willow, and other trees.

Quick Facts

  • The SLF is a destructive invasive pest, meaning that it is capable of spreading prolifically, undesirably and/or harmfully. 

  • Although its desired host is the tree of heaven, Ailanthus altissima, it can feed on more than 70 different plant species including cultivated and wild grape, fruit trees, hardwood trees and landscape plantings. 

  • As with all plant hoppers, SLF has sucking mouthparts that it inserts into plant tissues to remove the fluids it needs to survive.

  • SLF does not bite or sting.

  • SLF does not kill all trees it feeds on. The SLF is a plant stressor, along with other stressors, can cause significant damage to the host plant. 

  • Treatment for the SLF is dependent on the time of the year. 

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