spotted lanternfly

spotted lanternfly,

common name for a planthopper, Lycorma delicatula, an insect that is native to China, India, and Vietnam, and is an introduced agricultural pest in Korea and the United States. The adult spotted lanternfly is c.1 in. (2.5 cm) long, with a black head and legs and grayish forewings with black spots; the hindwings, visible in flight, are red (with black spots), white, and black. Adults are strong jumpers but weak flyers. The younger nymphs (the immature forms) are small, round, wingless, and black with white spots; older nymphs have red patches.

Nymphs and adults have piercing, sucking mouth parts, and feed on sap in the foliage and young stems of many plants. The sweet substance, or honeydew, that they excrete can promote mold growth, ruining fruit and stunting or killing plants. They are a threat to the grape, orchard, logging, and nursery-plant industries, and can also damage ornamental landscape plants. Adults may need to feed on ailanthusailanthus
, any tree of the genus Ailanthus, native to the warm regions of Asia and Australia. Ailanthus wood is sometimes used for cabinetmaking and for the manufacture of charcoal.
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 trees in order to reproduce. The insect was discovered in SE Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since been reported in some nearby states.

The spotted lanternfly is classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Insecta, order Homiptera, family Fulgoridae.

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When you see a spotted lanternfly, catch and kill it if possible, and send a photograph to your state extension office for positive identification.
But given the potential economic damage about $18 billion by one estimate the state is relying on more than just encouragement, especially for businesses that move goods in and out of areas where the spotted lanternfly has been found, known as quarantine zones.
Wilmington, DE, March 05, 2019 --( Stein Tree Service announces that they are permitted to work in all spotted lanternfly quarantine areas of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The wine industry has several famous cases where this has happened, such as grape phylloxera, leaf-roll viruses, red-blotch virus, vine mealybug, glassywinged sharpshooter and, most recently in the Northeast, the spotted lanternfly. The goal then is to use pesticides only when they are necessary, efficacious and present the lowest risk to workers, consumers and the environment.
The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White) (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae), which is native to China, is an invasive species in the United States.
It was bug excrement from thousands of spotted lanternfly (SLF).
The spotted lanternfly is a threat to a variety of trees.
Even more worrisome is the uncertain impact of spotted lanternfly infestations and the damage they do to orchard fruits and crops.
An invasive pest in the East Coast could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, according to experts who convened a special meeting in July to discuss the threat of the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) that is a voracious eater and uses its piercing-sucking mouthparts to feed on grapevines, apples, hardwoods and more than 70 other plant species.