Spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive planthopper, indigenous to parts of Asia. The first reports of the Spotted lanternfly in New York are from July 2020.
While it can infest trees, it is not considered a widespread threat to New York City’s tree population. However, it is a significant threat to a wide range of agricultural crops and forest health across the State. The Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is its preferred host tree and is required for its reproduction.
The Spotted Lanternfly has the potential of damaging natural areas and native ecosystems. If you see one, please squish, dispose, and report the sighting with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
For more information please visit the following sites:
United States Department of Agriculture
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
New York City Department of Parks
“We Must Come Together And Kill The Dreaded Spotted Lanternflies.” Jen Carlson, Gothamist, August 17, 2021.