Pest of the Month - October
The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a planthopper which is native to China, India, and Vietnam, but has also spread to Korea around 2006. It was detected in Pennsylvania in 2014, and has since been found to have confirmed populations in Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia. Its preferred host is tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), but it is known to feed on a wide range of plants. Although Maryland is fortunate not to have a confirmed finding of this pest, it is important to remain vigilant in order to prevent its spread and establishment into our state.