Backyard Bug Research Team Makes Big Discovery | Hands-On House

Backyard Bug Research Team Makes Big Discovery

Would you know a spotted lanternfly if you saw one?

Our young friend Ben sure did! 

The 7-year-old rising second grader from York correctly identified —and caught – one of the trouble-making insects while visiting the Hands-on House with his family today.

Ben’s mom told us that Ben and his brother love science, so they were thrilled to learn that the Clubhouse theme this month is Kid City Science Fair.  One activity, Backyard Bug Research Team, invites visitors to explore entomology, the scientific study of insects. Armed with a field guide and bug catching tools, children and parents can venture into Discovery Meadow in search of specimens to study.

Ben didn’t have to go far before discovering the spotted lanternfly on the tree just past our patio. He knew to capture it right away. “It kills plants,” he said.

We think Ben is a Science Superhero!


Lancaster County is one of several counties in southeastern Pennsylvania where the spotted lanternfly is present. We reported the sighting to the PA Department of Agriculture and followed their instructions for removal. Learn more about what you can do to protect our beautiful local landscape from this “bad bug”!


Playing it safe!

To protect our visitors and staff, Hands-on House has implemented several safety measures.
*Masks are required for staff and visitors over age 3.
*Guests will have temperatures taken (using touchless thermometer) upon entry and are required to wash hands before entering exhibit area.
*Capacity is limited. Pre-registration strongly recommended. Walk-in entry available as space allows.
*Families are asked to maintain six-foot social distancing from other guests.

To learn more, click here.