The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that feeds on various trees and crops. It was first discovered in the U.S. in 2014 and has quickly spread across 14 states. The insect is native to Asia and has natural enemies that keep its population in check there. However, these natural enemies are not present in America. The spotted lanternfly's presence is mainly a nuisance, as it congregates in large numbers and leaves behind a sticky waste that attracts other insects. It can also weaken and stress plants. If spotted, it is important to eliminate them to prevent further spread. Reporting any sightings to local authorities is crucial for preventing establishment in new areas.