Greetings all. Consider this a public service announcement. I’m posting this topic today because I have captured, confirmed, and contained 2 spotted lanternflies in my yard this week. I’ve notified the Dept. of Agriculture. Please keep an eye out for these guys. They were somehow brought from China to Pennsylvania in 2014 and they cause a lot of damage to deciduous trees by bleeding them to death.
Yes, my windows are very dirty lol.
This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops as well as hardwood trees. SLF feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, and other important plants in NJ.
If you spot one of these spotted lantern flies, be sure to notify the proper authorities for containment. In New Jersey there’s a website you can go to and fill out a sighting report: Spotted Lanternfly
Thanks, and be well!