spotted laternfly

Recognizing the devastating impact the ongoing spread of spotted lanternfly could have on key sectors of the state’s agriculture industry, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is again inviting students to help spread the word about this threat.

For the second year in a row, first- through eighth-grade students are being invited to submit entries in a calendar contest designed to educate people about this invasive insect that was first identified in Berks County but has since spread to more than a dozen counties in the eastern and central regions of the state. Spotted lanternfly could be devastating to the state’s grape, hops and hardwoods industries.

Here are the rules:

Contest Rules

The purpose of this contest is to educate students and their families about the importance of inspecting items prior to leaving the quarantine area. Learn more about it on our Spotted Lanternfly page, or using our quick facts sheet

  • Applicants must be in first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.
  • Artwork must include one fact about Spotted Lanternfly
  • Posters must be created by the student. Students are encouraged to use a combination of mediums and art elements such as crayon, paint, acrylics, watercolor, markers, etc.
  • Digitally produced images and collages ARE NOT allowed. 
  • Original art must be submitted; no copies will be accepted.
  • A completed contest submission form must be tapped to the back or emailed with the poster. 
  • All posters (original and copies) become the property of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and will be used for Spotted Lanternfly Awareness promotional materials. 

Awards and Recognition 

  • The entries will be judged in four divisions: first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade.
  • Each division will have a first, second, and third-place winner. The grand prize winner will be selected from the first place division winners.
  • Each division winner will receive a prize and their artwork will appear on a page in the 2020 Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Calendar. 
  • A Department of Agriculture representative will present the grand prize winner with a prize and unveil the winning poster during a recognition ceremony at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show. 
  • The grand prize poster (original and copies) become the property of the Department of Agriculture and will be used for Spotted Lanternfly displays and website and will be the cover page of the 2020 Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Calendar. 

Contest Timeline

  • September 3, 2019, Contest Kick-Off
  • October 31, 2019: Poster contest entries must be postmarked or emailed by this date. 
  • Send entries to:

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Communications Office, Room 210
2301 N. Cameron Street 
Harrisburg, PA 17110


  • December 16-20, 2019 winners will be notified and announced at the 2020 Farm Show.