The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive insect that is a threat to a wide variety of trees, grape vines and other woody plants. Of East-Asian origin, where it was controlled by natural predators, it has migrated with global trade. In 2006, the spotted lanternfly was discovered in South Korea, and in 2014, it was discovered in Pennsylvania. Now, it has migrated to Maryland and other nearby states. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, spotted lanternflies were literally swarming in areas of Hagerstown.

The name lanternfly comes from the large front portion of the head, which resembles a lantern. It is a member of the plant hopper family with sucking mouth parts that penetrate tree bark for feeding, causing stunted growth in trees, localized damage and reduced crop yields.

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fredneck

Scrape the eggs off with an old credit card and put in alcohol. I prefer the old fashioned way....sneaker with the appropriate amount of pressure applied. :)

TrekMan

Yeah, kill them when you see them. we played Black Rock Golf Club in Washington county this summer and saw them everywhere up there. We told the club management and I think they were going to spray them.

Piedmontgardener

Kill them, as soon as you see them. They were all over Washington County and areas near South Mountain recently. Very bad news.

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