The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White), an invasive planthopper, has been discovered in Eastern Pennsylvania. This insect, which is native to China, India, & Vietnam, feeds on a wide range of plants and trees. This non-native plant hopper attacks many hosts and has the potential to greatly impact the grape, fruit tree, and logging industries.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and their state cooperators need your help in detecting the spotted lanternfly. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.
WHAT TO DO
If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them, and throw them away.
You can also place the eggs into alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. Report all destroyed egg masses on the PDA website listed below.
Collect a specimen.
Specimens of any life stage can be turned into the PDA’s Entomology lab for verification. Directions for submission can be found on the PDA website listed below.
Take a picture.
A photograph of any life stage (including egg masses) can be submitted toBadbug@pa.gov.
Report a site.
If you can’t take a specimen or photograph, call the Automated Invasive Species Report Line at 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359) and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information.