The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is an invasive planthopper currently spreading through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. Spotted lanternfly was first found in Rhode Island in August of 2021 (see press release). A year later in August of 2022, the RIDEM and USDA confirmed the first population of SLF in Rhode Island (see press release). SLF feeds on many different plants, including grapevines, maples, black walnut and other important species.
Early detection is key to an effective response to spotted lanternfly in Rhode Island. Help us by learning how to identify the egg, nymph, and adult life stages of this pest, and understanding at what time of year the life stages would be present. If you suspect you found a spotted lanternfly, kill it immediately. Then, report this find to the RIDEM using the link below and include a photo, if possible.