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Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), has not yet been found in Georgia, but it is a well-known invasive in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic and we want to know if/when it gets to Georgia. This insect is fairly easy to ID in the US and is an adult right now in the areas it is found. It has a very wide host range and is important to know where it is. People can report invasive species via https://www.eddmaps.org/ and experts that participate as EDDMapS Verifiers will review the records.

Spotted lanternfly, an invasive planthopper, is native to parts of China and Southeast Asia and was unintentionally introduced to South Korea. In the US, it was detected in Pennsylvania in September 2014, but it has since spread to several other states across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. It poses a serious threat to US grape, orchard, and logging industries, as well as to natural ecosystems.

Life Stages
Eggs are usually laid on smooth surfaces of host plants but also on materials with flat surfaces, such as bricks, stones, and lumber. They hatch from spring to early summer. The nymphal stage has four instars, the first three are black with white spots. Fourth instar nymphs are red and black with white spots. Adult are 0.81-1.04 in (2-2.6 cm) long from head to the end of the folded wing. They have red, black, grey, and white wings and a black and yellow body. Adults appear in late July and begin laying eggs in September.

Feed on the sap of almonds, apples, apricots, cherries, grapes, nectarines, oak, peaches, pine, plums, poplar, walnut, and more. Often associated with tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima).

Spotted lanternfly fact sheet with images (pdf)