This bright insect is potentially our next invasive disaster being imported from Asia. . . The spotted lanternfly was first seen in Pennsylvania in 2014 and we're on a lookout for it in Connecticut. It needs the invasive tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus) to reproduce but is of particular concern to the fruit industry. It does a lot of damage to apple and grape crops, both by damaging the plants themselves and ruining the fruits. It has been known to also do some damage to red maple, sugar maple, tulip-poplar, and a handful of other forest and shade trees.
There is quite a bit of information on-line about this insect and there is a post on the DEEP Facebook page about it right now.
Here is a link to an official government "Pest Alert" flyer, which also explains what to do if you think you've seen this insect. http://www.ct.gov/caes/lib/caes/documents/publications/pest_alerts/3-22-18_spotted_lanternfly_pest_alert_ct.p
If you'd like to help, take a photo and send it to me with coordinates or other information about its exact location if possible. Only attempt to collect the insect if it is in a completely sealed container and kept in the freezer. We don't need to contribute to its spread! If cutting tree-of-heaven to help reduce its breeding, leave the stems in place, don't transport to other places for disposal.