The Spotted Lanternfly or SLF, Lycorma delicatula (White), is an invasive planthopper. It is a serious pest with a high reproductive capacity and large host range.
The SLF is native to Asia and was first detected in the United States in 2014 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The SLF can now be found in several Eastern US states despite major quarantine efforts.
Spotted lanternfly can cause irreparable damage to grapevines and other crops, including peach trees. There have been no confirmed reports of the SLF in Colorado, but due to this pest's ability to migrate on vehicles, including boats and RVs, we know the chances of the SLF arriving in Colorado are significant.
Coloradans should know how to identify, report, and eradicate the SLF to prevent or minimize any potential negative effects its presence in Colorado could have.