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Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly - Invasive.orgScientific name: Lycorma delicatula (White) (Barringer et al. 2015)

Common name: Spotted lanternfly

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  • ID Aids for the Spotted Lanternfly (Mar 29, 2018)
    USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.
    Native to Asia, the spotted lanternfly has quickly spread since its initial detection in 2014. The insect is not a strong flier, yet its U.S. range is expanding, mostly due to the movement of vehicles, outdoor furniture, or other objects to which females glue their inconspicuous egg masses. Includes ID aids to help identify the spotted lanternfly in all its life stages, from egg mass through adult.
  • Perdue Announces Emergency Funding for Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania (Feb 7, 2018)
    United States Department of Agriculture.
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania. The spotted lanternfly, with its distinctive and colorful wings, was first identified in Pennsylvania in 2014. The affected area expanded from 174 square miles in fiscal year (FY) 2016 to approximately 3,000 square miles by the end of FY 2017.

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Native To: China (Dara et al. 2015)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First detected in 2014, but appeared to have been present in the U.S. for 2-3 years (Dara et al. 2015; Barringer et al. 2015)

Means of Introduction: Possible pathways include imported woody plants, wood products, and other commodities (EPPO 2016)

Impact: Poses a serious economic threat to multiple U.S. industries, including viticulture, fruit trees, ornamentals and timber (Urban et al.)

Current U.S. Distribution:



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Invasive Species Compendium - Lycorma delicatula
CAB International.

Fact Sheet: Spotted Lanternfly
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.

EPPO Global Database - Lycorma delicatula
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Gallery of Pests - Spotted Lanternfly
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

New York Invasive Species Information - Spotted Lanternfly
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

National Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

Species Information Sheets - Spotted Lanternfly
Michigan State University. Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

Forest Invasives Canada - Spotted Lanternfly
Invasive Species Centre (Ontario); Great Lakes Forest Alliance.

Federal Government

Hungry Pests: The Threat - Spotted Lanternfly
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

International Government

Insects - Spotted Lanternfly
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

State Government

Plant Industries - Spotted Lanternfly
Delaware Department of Agriculture.

Plants/Pests - Spotted Lanternfly
Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Insects & Pests - Spotted Lanternfly
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Insects & Other Species - Spotted Lanternfly
New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Pest Watch: Spotted Lanternfly (PDF | 476 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry Division. Plant Protection Section.
See also: New Pest Alerts for more resources

Plant Industry - Spotted Lanternfly
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.


Spotted Lanternfly
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.

Invasive Species & Exotic Pests: Spotted Lanternfly (2018)
Cornell University. New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.
See also: Invasive Species & Exotic Pests for more factsheets

Invasive Insects - Spotted Lanternfly
University of Maryland Extension. Home and Garden Information Center.

Fact Sheets - Insects and Mites: Spotted Lanternfly
University of Massachusetts Extension. Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program.

Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly Lycorma delicatula
Virginia Tech; Virginia State University. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Spotted Lanternfly: Have You Seen This Insect?
Rutgers University. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.


Barringer, L.E., L.R. Donovall, S. Spichiger, D. Lynch, and D. Henry. 2015. The first New World record of Lycorma delicatula (Insecta: Hemiptera: Fulgoridae). Entomological News 125(1):20-23.

Dara, S.K., L. Barringer, and S.P. Arthurs. 2015. Lycorma delicatula (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae): a new invasive pest in the United States. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 6(1).

EPPO. 2016. Pest risk analysis for Lycorma delicatula (PDF | 1.48 MB). European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, Paris.

Urban, J.M., E. Smyers, L. Barringer, and S. Spichger. National Pest Alert: Spotted Lanternfly (PDF | 1.33 MB). USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Regional IPM Centers.

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Last Modified: Sep 03, 2018
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