Officials are hopeful an invasion is not imminent, given the circumstances under which the lanternfly was found in Cecil.
“Luckily, we found the first spotted lanternfly toward the end of the season and the confirmed spotted lanternfly is a male — which means it did not produce any egg masses in the state,” Kim Rice, manager of the department’s Plant Protection and Weed Management Program Manager, said in a statement.
Spotted lanternfly flock to tree of heaven, and it seems necessary to complete their life cycle.
By Ellen Nibali
Aug 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Spotted lanternflies feed on more than 70 types of plants and crops, including grapes, hops, apples and peaches as well as oak and pine trees.
The speckled, four-winged insect is native to China, Vietnam and parts of India. After a population was detected in Berks County, Pa., the insect has spread to 12 other counties in that state and to parts of Delaware, Virginia and New Jersey.