Spotted lanternfly – see it, report it

If you live in NJ and see a spotted lanternfly, you are requested to report the same!

The above picture was taken in a local park.

What does it do?

The spotted lanternfly causes serious damage including oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling and dieback in trees, vines, crops and many other types of plants. In addition to plant damage, when spotted lanternflies feed, they excrete a sugary substance, called honeydew, that encourages the growth of black sooty mold.

Spotted lanternflies do not bite or sting humans, but they are a major destructive pest. They are a huge agricultural threat to plants and trees such as grapes, hops and hardwoods, causing costly damage.

What do you do if you spot one in NJ?

With your GPS function turned on your smartphone or a camera with GPS, take a picture of ANY life stage (including egg masses).

Send the pictures to

What to do if you cannot take a specimen or a photograph?

Call and leave a message sharing details about the spotted lanternfly sighting location/address and your contact details. NJ Hotline – 1-833-223-2840

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