Invasive Insect Found in Berks County

On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence of Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, (WHITE)) in Berks County, as part of its responsibility to identify plants/weeds, insects and mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that impact Pennsylvania’s natural resources, flora and economy. On Nov. 1, 2014, the Commonwealth announced a quarantine with the intent to restrict the movement of this pest. This is the first detection of Spotted Lanternfly in the United States.

For more information about the Spotted Lanternfly, its origin, identification, and habitat please visit the PA Department of Agriculture’s Website, by clicking here.

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Photo of an adult spotted lanternfly. Photograph by Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Who will be affected by the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine?
The quarantine is currently in place in thirty municipalities within Berks County. The quarantine may be expanded to new areas as further detections of the Spotted Lanternfly are confirmed. For the latest map of Berks County townships under quarantine, click here.

Penn State Extension has recorded presentations given at recent public meetings and has made them available for public viewing. Video presentations about Spotted Lanternfly biology, host preferences, control, etc can be viewed here.

Intentional movement of the Spotted Lanternfly is expressly prohibited and is a serious offense. Violations could result in criminal or civil penalties and/or fines.
The quarantine restricts the movement of certain articles. If you are seeking to enter into a compliance agreement to be able to move these materials you can request a permit by contacting Dana Rhodes. Industries and regulated articles under the quarantine that are not to be removed/moved to a new area are:

  • Any living stage of the Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula. This includes egg masses, nymphs, and adults.
  • Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste
  • Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste
  • Logs, stumps, or any tree parts
  • Firewood of any species
  • Grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock
  • Nursery stock
  • Crated materials
  • Outdoor household articles including recreational vehicles, lawn tractors and mowers, mower decks, grills, grill and furniture covers, tarps, mobile homes, tile, stone, deck boards, mobile fire pits, any associated equipment and trucks or vehicles not stored indoors.

What to do if you:  
See eggs:  Scrape them off the tree or smooth surface, double bag them and throw them in the garbage, or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them.
Collect a specimen:  Turn the adult specimen or egg mass in to the department’s Entomology Lab for verification. First, place the sample in alcohol or hand sanitizer in a leak proof container. A Sample Submission Form can be found in the Publications section below.
Take a picture:  Submit photographs to Badbug@pa.gov.
Report a site:   Call the Bad Bug hotline at 1-866-253-7189 with details of the siting and your contact information.

For more information or to report possible populations of Spotted Lanternfly:

PA Department of Agriculture Contact information: 

Dana Rhodes
Plant Inspection Program Specialist
(717) 772-5205
Sven Spichiger
Entomology Program Manager
Insect Identification
Beetles, Flies, Moths, Household Pests
Insect Survey
(717) 772-5229
 Information and graphics on this post was taken from a PA Department of Agriculture Program Detail found here.
 PDA image of Spotted Lanternfly
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