Spotted Lanternfly

Scientific Name: (Lycorma delicatula)
Pest Category: Invasive • Agricultural Pest

Spotted lanternflies do not bite or sting. They feed exclusively on plants outdoors and can only survive for about 48 hours without feeding on a plant. They can be a nuisance because of their sheer numbers. 

Take Pictures

Take pictures of the insect, egg masses, or infestations. If possible, collect the insect. Put it in a bag and freeze it or put it in a jar with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.

Note Location

Note the location (street address and zip code, intersecting roads, landmarks, or GPS coordinates).

Report It!

Send the information to New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets using Spotted Lanternfly Sighting Report Form. 

Track the development of spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) from the date of first egg mass detection in the fall, through overwintering periods and immature phases, to adult emergence in the next year with our NEWA Spotted Lanternfly prediction model.

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Brian Eshenaur

Senior Extension Associate

NYS Integrated Pest Management

Brian Eshenaur