Beautiful But Deadly: Spotted Lanternfly

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The spotted lanternfly is the latest invasive species to be found in the Mid-Atlantic area. The first 2020 hatch of this dangerous pest was spotted in Cecil County in May.

The insect can destroy agriculture crops, including corn and soybeans and native trees, including oak and walnut. It is also a threat to vineyards. If you suspect you have found a spotted lanternfly or their egg masses, snap a picture of it and then smash it. Report the sighting with photo attachments and location information to the Maryland Department of Agriculture at

Spotted Lanternfly
Photo: MD Department of Agriculture

The Chesapeake Bay magazine has also recently published an informative article that can be found