Watch Out for the Spotted Lanternfly

Recently, the Spotted Lanterfly was seen on a tree outside of Pequot Library in Southport.  If you see one, kill it!  Read more below from UCONN.

Spotted Lanternfly on the Move in Connecticut

immature spotted lanternfly mature spotted lanternfly
The Spotted Lanternfly is on the move in Connecticut. In mid-August adults were confirmed in Norwich (New London County) and this week in two locations in New Milford (Litchfield County). These confirmed populations are in addition to the ones already known in Fairfield County (Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darian, Norwalk, Westport & Fairfield) and New Haven County (West Haven, Cheshire, Milford & Orange). Keep an eye for the adults and nymph at this time of the year.
If you see them, take a picture, then kill them. Email your picture and address to Look on Tree of Heaven, a preferred host plant, as well as grapes, apple trees and stone fruit trees.
Update: Mary Concklin, Extension Fruit Specialist
Photos: Lawrence Barringer, PA Dept of Agriculture

Help Maintain the Spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Connecticut


The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is continuing its move through Connecticut. It has been found in Orange and Milford, Connecticut. It is important that everyone help spread the word about this invasive pest. Many farms in Connecticut have visitors that travel from areas where SLF populations are established in Connecticut and outside Connecticut.

map of spotted lanternfly locations in Connecticut

What can you do if you see an SLF?

All Residents:

1. Photograph it
2. Kill it
3. Report it
4. See management strategies on the the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station website.

Agricultural Producers:

There are 2 posters from USDA APHIS you can download and post at your farm stands, farm markets and pick–your–own locations to alert the general public. If they understand this pest has the potential to have a negative impact on their favorite farm – your place – they may be more inclined to take an active role in slowing down the movement of SLF. And for every adult female they destroy, there will be roughly 90 less SLF the next year.