Spotted Lanternfly

Adult spotted lanternfly

Adult spotted lanternfly photo by Holly Raguza, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

A working group was formed to address the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), an invasive plant hopper native to China, Vietnam, and India. The spotted lanternfly was confirmed in Pennsylvania in September 2014. Funding was provided by the Northeastern IPM Center in the summer of 2018. The working group met several times and, with Penn State as the lead, submitted a pre-proposal to the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative in December 2018. Although the initial effort of the working group is completed, the collaborations are continuing.

Webinar Series: Spotted Lanternfly Basics

Watch the recordings of our webinar series about spotted lanternfly. Each of the four webinars covers a different set of susceptible crops. View the recordings.

Quarantine and Reporting Instructions for the Northeast

See our list of links to state quarantine information and reporting instructions for the Northeast.

Informational Links

Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert (PDF) This USDA-APHIS pest alert covers the spotted lanternfly. This invasive pest is primarily known to affect tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima).

Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert (PDF) A national pest alert issued by the regional IPM centers (updated May 2018).

Information about spotted lanternfly from Penn State Extension:

Spotted lanternfly page from Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture:

New York State Integrated Pest Management Program Information and resources about spotted lanternfly in New York.

Spotted Lanternfly: Update on This New Invasive Pest [Video] Learn about spotted lanternfly and the current control strategies with Emelie Swackhamer from Penn State Extension and Shannon Herbst from Rainbow Treecare Scientific.

Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners A guide that reviews the identification, life cycle, current distribution, and techniques for managing spotted lanternfly on your property.

Technical Working Group Summary Report: Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula This 2017 report provides recommendations from the Technical Working Group concerning management of Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, an exotic species native to Asia.

Invasive Insects Invade Pennsylvania/Chesapeake Bay: Update Several insects that aren’t native to Pennsylvania have invaded its forests, farm fields, and homes. Now, growers are sounding the alarm over the spotted lanternfly. Source: “Smart Talk,” WITF, Mar. 7, 2018.

Penn State Helps to Assemble Expert Task Force to Combat Spotted Lanternfly The working group came together for an inaugural, two-day summit at Albright College in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Source: Penn State News, Aug. 6, 2018.

Working Group Meeting

The first Spotted Lanternfly Working Group meeting was held July 16–17, 2018, at Albright College, Reading, PA.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes


Working Group Participants

Julie Urban, Penn State

Heather Leach, Penn State

Ethan Angell, New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets

Dave Biddinger, Penn State

Dennis Calvin, Penn State

Miriam Cooperband, USDA-APHIS

Leo Donovall, USDA-APHIS

Jay Harper, Penn State

Matt Helmus, Temple University

Kim Hoelmer, USDA-ARS

Tracy Leskey, USDA-ARS

Julie Lockwood, Rutgers University

Doug Pfeiffer, Virginia Tech

Ed Rajotte, Penn State

Dana Rhodes, Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture

Sven-Erik Spichiger, Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture

Tim Weigle, Cornell University