If you live on the East Coast, you've probably heard of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly by now. You may have even seen some headlines around the holidays describing the infestation of Christmas Trees by this pest. But buyer beware - these stories are nothing more than a continuously perpetuated Christmyth! I created this video to bust this myth and divulge the true story of Spotted Lanternflies and Christmas trees, including the origins of this rumor.

Created, Directed, Animated, Written, Narrated & Produced by Kelly P. Franklin

Created using the Adobe Creative Suite - Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator

Interviewee: Heather Leach, Penn State Extension, Spotted Lanternfly Expert

Public Domain Images & Video & Music courtesy: The Internet Archive, Videvo, Pexel, Wikimedia Commons, Youtube Audio Library

Song: Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies"

The Spotted Lanternfly Christmyth