Keep an Eye out for Spotted Lanternfly – Facts for Fancy Fruit

Keep an Eye out for Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper native to East Asia. It was introduced to the US in 2014 in Eastern Pennsylvania and has since spread to 13 other states including Indiana. The Spotted Lanternfly has 70+ host species including the invasive Tree of heaven (Alianthus altissma), grapes, apples, stone fruit, vegetables, hops, walnuts and hardwood trees. Thus far, vineyards have been the most adversely affected agricultural commodity. The Spotted Lanternfly is known as a hitchhiker species because it lays eggs on almost any surface, including vehicles, trailers, outdoor equipment and patio furniture, and the eggs can be spread long distances when these items are moved.
Early detection is critical for stopping the pest from spreading, and you can play a key role in detecting this insect. At this time of year, the insects are at their most recognizable stage as colorful winged adults ~1 inch long.
Figure 1. Life cycle of the Spotted Lanternfly. Photo from Penn State Extension
An adult spotted lanternfly, approximately 1 inch in size with grayish forewings marked with black spots and small black brick-like markings near the wing tips. The hindwings are marked with distinct patches of red, white and black.
Figure 2. Adult Spotted Lanternfly. Photo from USDA
Anyone that spots signs of the spotted lanternfly should contact DEPP by calling 866-NO EXOTIC (866-663-9684) or send an email to For more information on this or other invasive pests see the following link
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