At first we were doubtful that they would come. When they arrived we were scared. Then we were murderous. Now we’re obsessed.
Not only has the spotted lantern fly invaded our local ecosystems, but it has also filled our group texts, neighborhood Facebook groups, and newspapers.
We don’t want to shed light on the very real threat these insects pose, but we just want to point out that the spotted lantern fly mania is real.
Here’s a list of all the weird new things inspired by the insect:
D’EMILIOS OLD WORLD ICE TREATMENTS
The ice cream and sherbet shop on East Passyunk Ave. introduced a lantern fly-themed treat flavored with lychee, pineapple, coconut, chocolate chips, and strawberry slices. Sounds good, looks gross.
SQUISHR THE APP
A family in southeast Pennsylvania told The Morning Call that they created an app called Squishr that you can use to stomp on the spotted lanterns. Users who kill the lantern fly are encouraged to post a photo of the dead insect and share it with other users on a public ranking.
The highest score is someone who killed 1,023 lantern flies.
SHOTS AND DRINK GAMES
We’ve all heard that Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub in Bethlehem created a custom lantern fly shot that “tastes as bad as its reputation”. But did you hear about the drinking game?
Take a shot every time you spot one. Make another shot every time you crush one.
This is just a joke. But it is funny.
Halloween costume idea: Slutty Spotted LanternFly by r / philadelphia
‘SPOTTED LANTERNFLY NINJA’ T-SHIRTS
A group called Spotted Lanternfly Control has started selling t-shirts on Amazon. Some are called “Spotted Lanternfly Ninja”, others “Spotted Lanternfly Assassin”. If you like something like this, check it out.
Perhaps you could wear your new lantern fly t-shirt with your lantern fly karkus earrings.
THE ‘DIE, DIE, DIE, SPOTTED LANTERNFLY’ SONG
The Edge Hill Rounders’ local musician Tim Cheney created the acoustic song and posted it on YouTube. Granted, it’s very good.
Here is a verse.
“Don’t carry firewood, brush, or debris as that’s where they’ll hide and you will never see
They will drive you to the next town
Well, die, die, you spotted the lantern fly
When you see me coming you know your end is near
I have a fly swatter and I will follow you to Asia. ”
Cheney will be on WHYY’s Bet Your Garden radio show on October 5th at 10am.
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