Overview

The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a sap-feeding insect native to Asia that feeds on more than 65 plant species and is projected to become a serious pest of specialty crops including grapes, tree fruit, ornamentals, and hardwoods. The goals for this project are to develop efficacious tactics for managing the invasive SLF, on vulnerable specialty crops to reduce the risk of widespread, catastrophic damage and to develop strategies for long-term SLF management.

Updates

June 12, 2020
Biological Control at Blue Marsh Lake

Beginning in late May, a remote section of Blue Marsh Lake property in Berks County, Pennsylvania, will be the site of a research project focusing on biological control of the spotted lanternfly. Learn more about the research and read the FAQs about the project on the Penn State Extension website.

June 8, 2020
Scientific Publications

A list of journal articles published by our team of scientists and extension specialists.

June 2, 2020
Spotted Lanternfly Map

Spotted lanternfly reported distribution in the United States.

May 15, 2020
Spotted Lanternfly Virtual Symposium (May 15, 2020)

Featuring the latest research on this invasive insect, sponsored by the SCRI spotted lanternfly group. Watch the recording and download the agenda (PDF).

Funding

USDA: United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Collaborators

Penn State

USDA ARS

USDA APHIS

Cornell University

Northeastern IPM Center

Rutgers

Virginia Tech

University of Delaware

Temple University

The University of Rhode Island