Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

Subject:  What’s this pretty bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Allentown PA
Date: 09/10/2017
Time: 10:35 AM EDT
I saw this beetle perched on a car bumper in a parking lot. As I got close to take the picture, the insect departed the number with an amazing vertical velocity! It’s leg joints look almost machine like. Is it a drone – lol? Appreciate your help identifying it!
How you want your letter signed:  Tom M

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Tom,
This is an Invasive Exotic Spotted Lanternfly, a species recently introduced to North America from Asia.  At this time, its spread has only been reported from Pennsylvania.  According to BugGuide:  “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.”

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