Delaware County, Pennsylvania Real Estate Blog: Attack of The Spotted Lantern Flies

Attack of The Spotted Lantern Flies

A few weeks ago, when the weather was a bit warmer, I met up with a friend for lunch in Plymouth Meeting.  The weather was just right to sit outside to take in the fall breeze and autumn warmth. We were enjoying our time together when my friend said you have a spotted lantern fly on my arm. It was walking at a fast pace. So I knocked it off, only to see that there were a few on the ground under my chair. I proceeded to kill the few on the ground. I had no choice. They sound like they have the ability to do a lot of damage.


Up to that point, I had never seen one, and I heard reports of these destructive invasive flies in the area. KYW Radio had reported that they were in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. And touch wood, they have not yet been in our yard in Delaware County.


Still enjoying our time outdoors, we had a few more encounters with the flies. These flies are much bigger than your typical flies, about the size of a quarter. I had sandals on and a few crawled over my skin which of course I responded to with a start.. They are fast movers, unlike the slow moving stink bugs that has made their home in our area years ago. As we sat there, they seemed to be coming in waves. A women nearby told us she started noticing them in the area recently.


Their encroachment makes me think of the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which I recently saw on TV, the 1956 version. A good freeze will slow them down, but that may not happen for a few more weeks.   And I guess we all have a bit of work to do in the spring, to try to slow them down, when their eggs hatch.


To learn more and to report sightings, please open this link Penn State Extension.








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Comment balloon 1 commentGloria Todor • October 18 2019 12:28AM


Oh my gosh, I will read about these flies. I realize there is magic in nature and there must be a reason we have certain insects, but some really do make me want to scratch my head. ( Like mosquitoes, cockroaches...) D

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 3 months ago

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