Spotted Lanternfly or White Cicada from China

Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
January 29, 2016 3:06 pm
I was wondering if you could identify this little critter for me.
Photographed at the site of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an China in September. Approximately 3cm long, although it appears to have wings, it did not seem inclined to fly despite a prod.
Signature: Graham Williams

Spotted Lanternfly
Spotted Lanternfly

Dear Graham,
We have always used the common name White Cicada for this Fulgorid Planthopper,
Lycorma delicatula, but in researching this posting, we have learned on BugGuide that it was first reported as an invasive species in Pennsylvania in 2014 and that it is commonly called a Spotted Lanternfly.

3 thoughts on “Spotted Lanternfly or White Cicada from China”

    • The Spotted Lanternfly was first reported in Pennsylvania in 2014 according to BugGuide. This was likely an accidental introduction, and we suspect either nursery stock or traveling tourists bringing unlawful plants into the U.S.


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