Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Discovery of two hypocrealean fungi infecting spotted lanternflies, Lycorma delicatula: Metarhizium pemphigi and a novel species, Ophiocordyceps delicatula.

Abstract

In the eastern United States, populations of the invasive spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, can be infected by native fungal entomopathogens, including Batkoa major and Beauveria bassiana. In some areas of southeastern Pennsylvania, localized population collapses have been observed in L. delicatula populations to be caused by these pathogens. Two additional fungal pathogens were discovered infecting L. delicatula at low levels, and these were identified as Metarhizium pemphigi and Ophiocordyceps delicatula, a new species that has not been previously described. Therefore, four species of native entomopathogenic fungi have now been documented infecting this abundant, invasive planthopper that is spreading in the United States.