Subject: Bug (moth?) identification
Geographic location of the bug: SE Pennsylvania
Time: 11:39 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I have never seen this bug before in our yard and I would appreciate if you can identify it.
How you want your letter signed: Andrei N.
This is an invasive Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, a species introduced to Pennsylvania from Asia several years ago. According to BugGuide: “Native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area. Currently (2018) known from 6 counties in PA; also found in DE, NY, VA” and “SIGHTING REPORTS WANTED: Experts are working to delimit the current population and find new infestations of this species. Please report sightings on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture website. earliest NA record: PA 2014.” This is a winged adult. Nymphs are wingless and may have bright red coloration. You should report your sighting to help prevent the Spotted Lanternfly from spreading further in North America.
Thank you. I will alert the PA Dept. of Agriculture.