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Spotted Lanternfly nymphs are pictured on an Ailanthus tree on Thursday, June 9, 2019.

I was on assignment when there was mention by city officials that up the street was an Ailanthus altissima tree containing nymphs that turn into the spotted lanternfly.

I rushed to the location to witness what these destructive creatures looked like. I was amazed that something so striking turns into a predator that can be so dangerous to crops such as grapes, stone fruits, hops and hardwood trees.

A native to China, India, Bangladesh and Vietnam, it is now in four states in the United States. Southwestern New Jersey, northern Delaware, Virginia and eastern Pennsylvania are the four locations now host to this planthopper.

There is much information on the web if you encounter the eggs, nymphs, or the adult spotted lanternfly. Please contact officials as Lancaster County is within the quarantined area. Included are two links to the Penn State Extension page and the state Department of Agriculture: bit.ly/2XIfHOV and bit.ly/2MNLfC5.

THE METHOD: This image was shot with an iPhone 7S plus black dual camera at 3.99 mm, f/1.8. A shutter speed of 1/133 of a second was selected for this image with an ISO of 20. The photo was processed in Photoshop and Google's Nik Collection software.

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