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spotted lanternfly

Closeup of a spotted lanternfly on the side of a tree, against a dark background. The image is turned horizontally so that the lanternfly faces to the right. It has long black legs, a small head with a red spot on the side below each eye, and long swept-back wings that are light pinkish-white in base color, with black spots on the front half and many very small black, densely packed dots on the rear half. Visible below the wing is the underside of the lanternfly's abdomen, bright yellow in color with black spots.

Although the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is called a fly and looks like a moth, it is neither. It is of the order Hemiptera, and like other members of its clan—aphids, cicadas, stink bugs, scales, bed bugs—it has piercing-sucking mouthparts.⁠ Indeed, spotted lanternflies are sapsuckers extraordinaire, as well as swarm feeders, and highly successful invaders. Native to Asia, spotted lanternflies were first found in the United States in Pennsylvania in 2014 and have spread to at least 14 states in less than 10 years. (Photo by Stefani L. Cannon)

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