First encountered in the United States in Pennsylvania in 2014, the spotted lanternfly had spread to New York, Delaware, and Virginia by early 2018. The invasive insect threatens Tree of Heaven as well as grapes, hops, and fruit trees, and it has a penchant for hitchhiking. Anyone sighting spotted lanternfly is urged to report it to their state agriculture department or local extension office.
A planthopper in the family Fulgoridae, this colorful, inch-long non-native insect can be enormously destructive to crops, timber, and ornamental plants.
This insect is not a fly -- it's a planthopper in the family Fulgoridae. The spotted lanternfly is native to Asia, and it is known to attack many different plants, including grapes, apples, fruit trees, ornamental trees, and pines