Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula White

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) originates from China where its presence has been documented in detail dating as far back as the 12th century. In modern times, it was first recorded from a sample collected in Nankin, China. SLF is native to China, India, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. In September 2014, the first detection of spotted lanternfly in the US was confirmed in eastern Pennsylvania. In 2017, the range expanded to 13 Pennsylvania counties and a single county in both Delaware and New York; the geographical range is likely to expand further. Egg masses and dead adults were found in Winchester in January 2018, reflecting population development in 2017.  SLF is likely to have arrived from China up to two years earlier than first detected on shipping materials, pointing to its ability to overwinter successfully. It is highly invasive and can spread rapidly when introduced to new areas. This is attributed to its wide host range (more than 70 host plant species) and a lack of natural native enemies.

This insect is likely to pose a threat to commercial vineyards, orchards, and even forest systems.  Suspected finds in Virginia should be reported at:

VCE Web Site

VT Factsheet

VT Pest Alert:  English and Spanish


USDA Factsheet in Spanish:

Tree of Heaven Identification, Coloring Sheet

Click here for a recorded presentation on SLF.

This is taken primarily from a Virginia Tech Factsheet

Additional Reading:
Dara, S. K., L. Berringer, and S. P. Arthurs. 2015. Lycorma deliculata (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae): A new invasive pest in the United States. J. Integr. Pest Manag. 6: 1-6.

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