Good Bug/Bad Bug
The Spotted Lantern Fly is the latest invasive bug that poses a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s businesses and economy!
What is it? This planthopper weakens plants by feeding on sap. It also excretes a sticky, sugary substance called honeydew, which attracts stinging insects, promotes the growth of sooty mold, and causes a messy nuisance for residents.
How did it start? Originally first discovered in United States in 2014, ground 0 was in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Many reports have indicated they are thriving. This destructive bug population is spreading and despite certain requirements to keep them at bay, they have now been seen in Schuylkill County and beyond. It’s going to get worse. The pest threatens important agricultural commodities, including the grape, hardwood, tree fruit, landscape, and nursery industries–sectors that contribute nearly $18 billion annually to Pennsylvania’s economy.
Stop the Spread: If you see it, destroy it. Egg masses are laid in the fall and contain 30-50 spotted lantern flies. Hatching takes place in spring and SLF offspring are a problem until the adults are killed by cold weather.
No question on this one:
The Spotted Lantern Fly is a bad bug!
(text source: Penn State Extension Office)
(photos source: from on-line pictures because none have been seen–yet–in the back yard)