Spotted Lanternfly

Scientific Name: Lycorma delicatula

Family: Fulgoridae

Native Range: INVASIVE: China, India, Vietnam and eastern Asia



Color and Appearance: EWWW!

August 12, 2020: I found my first spotted lanternfly in Delaware County at the Wawa at the corner of Providence Rd. and Baltimore Pike in September, 2018. This spring we found their nymphs in our yard on the basswood and the adults began appearing in my yard in late July. So far, I have found adults on the basswood, the sweet birch, and the redbud. They also seem to like the screen of the sliding glass door. In a year of stress and pandemic, squishing them has become a local past-time and an important release for pent up frustration. It is especially popular among children who have otherwise been taught not to squish bugs.

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