A working group has formed to address the spotted lanternfly (SLF, Latin name 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.
Quarantine and Reporting Instructions for the Northeast
See our list of links to state quarantine information and reporting instructions for the Northeast.
This webinar was held on July 9, 2019, as part of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week. Dr. Julie Urban (Penn State) and Dr. Eric Clifton (Cornell University) share the latest spotted lanternfly research.
Spotted Lanternfly Basics (2019)
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.
Learn about spotted lanternfly and the current control strategies with Emelie Swackhamer from Penn State Extension and Shannon Herbst from Rainbow Treecare Scientific.
Pest Alerts, Identification, and Background Information
Spotted Lanternfly Pest Alert
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.
Spotted Lanternfly page 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, also featuring an up-to-date map of known SLF distribution by state and county.
- Pennsylvania Battles Invasive Bug Overview of problems caused by spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania. Source: “Market to Market,” Iowa Public Television, June 28, 2019.
- 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.
- Spotted Lanternfly Management for Homeowners A guide that reviews the identification, life cycle, current distribution, and techniques for managing spotted lanternfly on your property.
Spotted Lanternfly in the News
- 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.
Scientific Journal Articles
- Baker, T. C., E. C. Smyers, J. M. Urban, Z. Meng, K. J. Pagadala Damadaram, A. J. Myrick, M. F. Cooperband, and M. J. Domingue. 2019. Progression of seasonal activities of adults of the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, during the 2017 season of mass flight dispersal behavior in eastern Pennsylvania. J. of Asia-Pacific Entomol. 22 (3): 705–713. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1226861519300573
- Clifton, E. H., L. A. Castrillo, A. Gryganskyi, and A. E. Hajek. 2019. A pair of native fungal pathogens drives decline of a new invasive herbivore. Proc. National Acad. Sci. 116 (19): 9178–9180. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1903579116
- Cooperband, M. F., J. Wickham, K. Cleary, S.-E. Spichiger, L. Zhang, J. Baker, I. Canlas, N. Derstine, and D. Carrillo. 2019. Discovery of three kairomones in relation to trap and lure development for spotted lanternfly (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae). J. Econ. Entomol. 112 (2): 671–682. https://academic.oup.com/jee/article/112/2/671/5312895
- Cooperband, M. F., R. Mack, and S.-E. Spichiger. 2018. Chipping to destroy egg masses of the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae). J. Insect Sci. 18 (3): 7 (1–3). https://academic.oup.com/jinsectscience/article/18/3/7/5003196
- Leach, H., D. J. Biddinger, G. Krawczyk, E. Smyers, and J. M. Urban. 2019. Evaluation of insecticides for control of the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae), a new pest of fruit in the Northeastern U.S. Crop Prot. 124: article 104833. DOI: 10.1016/j.cropro.2019.05.027
Working Group Meeting
The first Spotted Lanternfly Working Group meeting was held July 16–17, 2018, at Albright College, Reading, PA.
- Discovery of Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania (PDF, 7.9 MB) – Sven-Erik Spichiger (Pa. Dept. of Agriculture)
- USDA PDA Penn State Control Plan (PDF, 3.0 MB) – Leo Donovall (USDA-APHIS)
- USDA-APHIS Research Update (PDF, 5.7 MB) – Miriam Cooperband (USDA-APHIS)
- Penn State Research Update (PDF) – Julie Urban (Penn State)
- Virginia Tech Research Update (PDF, 4.0 MB) – Doug Pfeiffer (Virginia Tech)
- Population Dynamics and Economic Impact (PDF) – Matt Helmus (Temple University)
- Regulatory Guidelines in Pennsylvania (PDF, 3.1 MB) – Dana Rhodes (Pa. Dept. of Agriculture)
- Spotted Lanternfly Inspections in New York (PDF) – Ethan Angell (New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets)
- Penn State Extension Update (PDF) – Heather Leach (Penn State)
- Spotted Lanternfly IPM Outreach and Management in New York (PDF) – Tim Weigle (Cornell University)
- Economic Impact of Spotted Lanternfly (PDF) – Jay Harper (Penn State)
- Biological Control of Lycorma (PDF) – Kim Hoelmer (USDA-ARS)
- Spotted Lanternfly Environmental DNA Surveys (PDF) – Julie Lockwood (Rutgers University)
- USDA-ARS Spotted Lanternfly Activities and Objectives (PDF) – Tracy Leskey (USDA-ARS)
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
Research Technologist 2 (Horticulture Research Technician) at Penn State: The Plant Science and Entomology departments at The Pennsylvania State University are searching for a full-time Research Technologist to provide technical support to research programs on insect-plant interactions with two new invasive insects, spotted lanternfly and allium leafminer.