The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a recently established invasive planthopper (Hemiptera) in southeastern Pennsylvania. It feeds on at least 70 different plant species of economic importance. It causes economic damage to the vineyards, orchards, and timber plantations it has infested. It feeds on plants as variable as oaks, pine, basil, and hops. It rains showers of sticky sap on homeowners, and it can spread to new locations by hitchhiking on anything kept outdoors like a car. iEcolab is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to model and estimate the economic impacts of the spotted lanternfly invasion.
The PA Department of Agriculture has sampled spotted lanternfly throughout the State. The rate of spread from 2015 to the end of 2017 is rapid.
Every year more locations become infected with spotted lanternfly.
At the end of the year, the adults die but the eggs overwinter and hatch in the spring.