The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a planthopper native to Southeast Asia. Spotted lanternfly use their piercing and sucking mouthparts to feed on the sap of over 65 species of plants. It can cause severe damage to crops like grapes, apples and stone fruit.
Adult spotted lanternfly are approximately 25 mm long and around 12 mm wide. They have striking wings that include light brown forewings with black spots and a speckled band at the rear. Their hind wings are red with black spots at the front and white and black bars at the rear. Their abdomen is yellow with black bands.
Nymphs in their early stages of development appear black with white spots and turn red before becoming adults. Egg masses are yellowish-brown in color, covered with a grey, waxy coating prior to hatching.
Spotted lanternfly are hitchhikers that can spread long distances through the movement of infested material or items containing egg masses. Once established spotted lanternfly can spread short distances by walking, jumping or flying.
Spotted lanternfly is found in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. It was discovered in Pennsylvania in the United States in 2014 and has begun spreading rapidly. It is not known to be present in Australia.
Spotted lanternfly feed on over 65 species of plants including important agricultural crops like grapes, apples, peaches, plums, walnuts, blueberries, cherries, basil, apricot, nectarines and walnuts. It is a severe threat to the $1.79 billion NSW horticulture industry.
If you suspect spotted lanternfly, you should immediately call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 or email email@example.com with a clear photo and your contact details