Invasive spotted lanternfly expanding its range across our area

by Kate Evans

The range of the invasive spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) continues to increase as it threatens fruit trees, hardwood trees and crops in a number of eastern states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. The insect was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014.

The spotted lanternfly was first sighted in Berkeley County on October 30, 2019, in Mineral County on September 28, 2020 and in Jefferson County on May 21, 2021. It was first reported in Morgan County in late . . .