Not fooled by the beauty this time

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how I saw a beautiful and colorful spotted bug at Fort Lee Historic Park, took a picture of it, and came home to learn that it was the Spotted Lanternfly, and a dangerous pest at that. It is an invasive bug native to China, India, and Vietnam, which was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014 and is spreading throughout the United States. Why is it dangerous? The Spotted Lanternfly feeds on the sap from over 70 different plant species, which significantly stresses the plants and leads to decreased health and potentially kills the plants.

The NJ Department of Agriculture actually has a campaign to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly by urging us to “stomp it out.” So as I was walking to my home the other day and noticed this Spotted Lanternfly on the sidewalk (below right), I did just that – I stomped it out!

But – in addition to stomping it out, the NJ Department of Agriculture is also asking people to report sightings via this link; it’s not clear to me what they’re doing with the data – just collecting it? Or using it to take action? At any rate, I did my civic duty and reported my squished bug.

Wanted Poster for the Spotted Lanternfly
If you see a Spotted Lanternfly, stomp it out!
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