The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a sap-feeding planthopper, native to China, India and Vietnam, that was discovered in the United States in southeastern Pennsylvania in 2014.
Dead spotted lanternfly adults were found in two areas of southern Michigan in fall 2020. A colony of live spotted lanternfly was detected in Oakland County in August 2022. Refer to the article First detection of spotted lanternfly in Michigan for more information.
Here are resources for learning more about this pest.
- Spotted lanternfly page on the State of Michigan's Invasive Species website. Includes current status in Michigan.
- Spotted lanternfly fact sheet from MSU Extension - Spotted lanternfly: A colorful cause for concern (Updated Nov. 12, 2020). Same information in printable PDF.
- Penn State University spotted lanternfly photos
- Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website
- Penn State “The state of spotted lanternfly” webinar (Sept 13, 2018)
- USDA APHIS Spotted Lanternfly web page
Banner image courtesy of Lawrence Barringer; Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture; Bugwood.org