Subject: Bug on my strawberries
Geographic location of the bug: Bethlehem Pennsylvania
Time: 12:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: What is this? All over my plant
How you want your letter signed: Sandy
We regret that we bear bad news. This is an immature Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, an invasive exotic species from Asia that is spreading in and beyond Pennsylvania since its recent introduction in 2014. According to BugGuide: “Native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam; invasive in Korea and in our area(1). Currently (2018) known from 6 counties in PA; also found in DE, NY, VA.”
Thank you for this information. A neighbor had to take down a tree last summer from these pests. They were all over the area. I had called a hotline number and they were aware they were in our area. Not sure what is being done. I kill them when I see one.