European Red Ant(Myrmica rubra) – The European Red Ant is also called the European Fire Ant; It is an invasive insect in Maine, increasing in both its geographical range (particularly in coastal communities) and in its encounters with homeowners. However, these ants are only distantly related to the ‘true’ fire ants found in the southern U.S. and Latin America.
Spotted Lanternfly (Not found in Maine as yet). This pest is not a fly or a moth, but rather a type of Hemipteran commonly called a planthopper. It is native to China, India, and Vietnam. Its first infestation in the U.S. was in Pennsylvania. As of October, 2019 it is present in 14 counties in southeastern PA, nine counties in NJ, one county in DE, and one county in northern VA. Specimens have been found in MD, NY, MA, and CT but most are believed to have been inadvertent hitchhikers, with no confirmed populations established as yet in the other states. If you find this insect or its egg masses, please report the sighting to an appropriate state authority. neipmc.org/go/slfqri has reporting instructions for various states in the region. Those in Maine wishing to report a sighting are asked to contact the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.