Spotted Lanternflies

Originating from southern China, Taiwan, and Vietnam, the invasive spread of spotted lanternflies has become a cause for concern in several regions, including Japan, South Korea, and the United States of America. By 2020, these voracious insects had firmly established themselves across a vast territory spanning Delaware Valley, eastern Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware, southwestern New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, northern Virginia, and Ohio.

Characterized by gray-brown forewings adorned with black spots and a distinct black head, adult lanternflies are hard to miss. Their yellowish abdomen showcases eye-catching black and white bands on the top and bottom. With an appetite for over 70 plant species, these insects pose a significant threat to grape vines, fruit trees, ornamental trees, and woody trees such as apples.

The impact of spotted lanternflies extends beyond direct damage to crops. The insects produce a sugary waste secretion called honeydew, which accumulates on tree trunks, attracting a range of unwanted visitors. Ants, bees, hornets, and paper wasps are drawn to this sweet sap, further complicating the ecological balance.

Efforts are underway to combat the spread of these invasive pests, but vigilance and awareness are essential. Stay informed about the characteristics and impacts of spotted lanternflies to protect our agricultural resources and preserve the health of our ecosystems.

For more information on spotted lanternflies, please visit: Wikipedia: Spotted Lanternfly