Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

Subject:  Large shy cicada-like insect with pretty spots
Geographic location of the bug:  Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Date: 09/07/2021
Time: 03:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was waiting at a bus stop when suddenly this large-ish (1.25″ approx) flew in front of me and landed on a wall. While it was flying I could see its (second set of wings? thorax?) was bright red with white spots, which you can get a peek of in the third picture.
After it landed, I kept trying to get pictures, but it was shy and kept crawling away, and then my bus came so that was that.
It had bright orange eyes and a head/body shape that made me think it was a cicada, but its outer wings are opaque and covered in spots and stripes, and I thought cicadas all had clear wings. It crawled and moved a bit like a cicada too. Something in the same family?
Thanks for any help!
How you want your letter signed:  Jarrett

Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Jarrett,
According to BugGuide, the invasive Spotted Lanternfly was first reported in North America in 2014, but as early as 2010 we reported it as an invasive species from China introduced to South Korea and at that time White Cicada was a common name more popularly used than it is now.  Thuogh it is not a true Cicada, the Spotted Lanternfly is in the same insect order as Cicadas, True Bugs and Treehoppers. 

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