What is it?
Spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula
, is an invasive planthopper, native to China. It feeds hungrily on many plants, including important crops like fruit trees, grapevines, hops, hardwoods, and ornamentals. The Spotted lanternfly was first found in the US in Berks County, PA, in 2014. It has since spread to 13 counties in southeastern PA
, including Chester County. SLF has also been identified recently in New Jersey and Virginia.