What is a Spotted Lanternfly?

The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a plant hopper native to China, India, and Vietnam, that belongs to the order Homoptera, family Fulgoridae.

The spotted lanternfly adult is 1” long and 1/2” wide at rest. The forewings are gray with black spots, and the hind wings are red with black spots. The head and legs are black, and the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Immature stages are small, round, and black with white spots, and develop red patches as they grow.

Officials believe the spotted lanternfly must feed on tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) to reproduce, however, the insect can be found feeding on other plants and trees as well. Egg masses will be laid on the trunk, branches, and limbs of medium to large trees, often in the upper reaches of the canopy. In springtime, nymphs will hatch and move off the trees and search for new hosts, including several agricultural crops, including grapes, apples, and peaches.

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