Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia

The spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, was detected in Frederick County, Virginia on January 10, 2018.  This is a potentially very serious pest of grapes, peaches, hops, and a variety of other crops. It’s important to look for it and report any finds.  Spotted lanternfly has also been reported on a range of ornamentals around the home and in the landscape.


Early immature stages of the spotted lanternfly are wingless, black, and have white spots that develop to red patches.  At rest, the adult SLF resembles a colorful moth.  At rest, the SLF shows light-brown, grayish wings with black spots held “tent-like” over its body. When the wings are open, yellow and red patches are exposed. Adult SLF are approximately 1” long and ½” wide.  SLF egg masses are 1-1.5” long and ½-¾” wide, shiny, grayish-brown in color when fresh. They weather to a flat gray-brown color with age.


Did you find one?

Do you have a specimen? If you think that you have found a spotted lanternfly, you can take a specimen to your local Virginia Extension office:

Do you have a picture?  If you only have a picture or would rather send a picture use the link below. Be sure to include a street address and email address.


Detailed fact sheet on the life cycle and control of the spotted lanternfly see:

Frederick County Virginia Cooperative Extension office:

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)

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