Lycorma delicatula, commonly known as the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), is a new invasive insect that has spread throughout southeastern Pennsylvania since its discovery in Berks County in 2014. SLF presents a significant threat to Pennsylvania agriculture, including the grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries, which collectively are worth nearly $18 billion to the state's economy.

Signs & Symptoms

The Spotted Lanternfly attacks fruit trees, but not the fruit itself. It uses its piercing-sucking mouthparts to feed on the sap in trunks, branches, twigs and leaves. These oozing wounds will leave a greyish or black trail along the bark of the plant.

As it digests the sap, the insect excretes a substance known as honeydew that, along with sap from these weeping wounds, can attract bees and other insects. There may be a buildup of this sticky fluid on infested plants and on the ground below. The honeydew and sap also provide a medium for growth of fungi, such as sooty mold, which can cover leaf surfaces and stunt growth. Plants with heavy infestations may not survive.

What's at Risk

Potentially at stake are Pennsylvania's grape, tree-fruit, hardwood, nursery and landscape industries, which generate agricultural crops and forest products worth nearly $18 billion annually. The insect also can cause damage to high-value ornamentals in home landscapes and can affect quality of life for residents.

Where it's Found

Native to parts of Asia, Spotted Lanternfly was identified for the first time in the United States in Berks County in 2014. Since then, the pest has spread to a multicounty area in southeastern Pennsylvania, and sightings have been reported in some neighboring states.

To slow or stop the spread, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture imposed a quarantine regulating the movement of plants, plant-based materials and outdoor household items out of the quarantine area.

Spotted Lanternfly Management

If you find Spotted Lanternfly, take action by using the resources below.



Information from Penn State Extension

Phone And Email Directory

Brink, Linda

Permit & Rental Specialist (215) 643-1600 x3238/

Dureka, Derek

Director (215) 643-1600 x3239/

Echevarria, Tammy

Assistant Director (215) 643-1600 x3241/

Fowler, Andy

Parks Special Projects Manager (215) 643-1600 x3335/

Isabella, Frank

Parks Superintendent (215) 643-1600 x3808/

Kenny, Colleen

Natural Resources Manager (215) 643-1600 x3808/

Kerprich, Geralyn

Customer Service (215) 643-1600 x3443/

Limberakis, Alexis

Customer Service (215) 643-1600 x3443/

Smith, Janice

Customer Service (215) 643-1600 x3443/

Timby, Erin

Recreation Coordinator (215) 643-1600 x3242/

Report an Issue

Would you like to report an issue?

Call Upper Dublin Township,

at (215) 643-1600 ext. 0

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