Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)

Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive insect native to Asia that has become a major pest in regions like the northeastern United States. It’s easily identifiable by its distinct spotted wings and bright colors These little guys might look pretty with their colorful wings, but they can cause serious trouble for our plants and crops. Efforts to control its spread involve quarantine measures and research into effective management strategies. However, due to its rapid reproduction and lack of natural predators in affected areas, managing the Spotted Lanternfly remains a significant challenge.

What can you do?

If you find a spotted lanternfly, it’s important to take action to help prevent its spread and minimize its impact on the environment and agriculture. If you see one, it is important to let someone know. You can report it to the New York State Department of Agriculture or your local agricultural extension office. In the meantime, avoid touching or moving the lanternfly, and if you spot any egg masses, gently remove and destroy them. Let’s work together to keep our environment safe and keep these pesky bugs in check!

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