Spotted Lanternfly national pest alert published

Origin and Distribution
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive sap-feeding planthopper, first
discovered in the United States in Berks County, Pennsylvania in
2014. Field observations indicate that the tree of heaven, Ailanthus
altissima, is an important host plant; however the spotted lanternfly
is known to feed on a wide range of hosts including wild and
cultivated grapes, stone fruits, willow, and various hardwoods. This
species is thought to be native to China, and has spread to other
Asian countries. In 2004, it was first detected in Korea, where its
populations expanded and it became an economically important
pest of grapevines and fruit trees. In Korea, it damaged plants
directly by phloem feeding, but also caused indirect damage due to
mold that grew on honeydew excretions deposited on the leaves and
fruits of host plants. It was recorded utilizing 67 host plant species
in Korea, many of which also occur in the U.S. Given the wide range
of hosts it feeds upon, the spotted lanternfly poses a serious economic
threat to multiple U.S. industries, including viticulture, fruit
trees, ornamentals and timber.

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