A small insect that quickly multiplies, called Spotted Lanternfly is creating big headaches in New Jersey.
They’re named lanternflies because some of the species in this group have an ornate structure on their head that resembles a lantern that’s kinda floating up above them.
Spotted Lanternfly, is an invasive planthopper native to China, India, and Vietnam; it is also established in South Korea, Japan and the USA. It was ﬁrst discovered in the United States in Pennsylvania in Berks County in 2014 and has spread to other counties in PA, as well as the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Connecticut and Ohio.
This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops and hardwood trees. Spotted Lanternfly feeds on the plant sap of many different plants including grapevines, maples, black walnut, and other important plants in NJ. While it does not harm humans or animals, it can reduce the quality of life for people living in heavily infested areas.
State authorities are worried the spotted lanternfly could cause major damage to Garden State crops, and want you to kill them.
To report a sighting, call 833-4BADBUG (833-422-3284). For other questions you can email [email protected]