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.

Description:

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.

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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: ext.vt.edu/offices.html

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.   https://ask.extension.org/groups/1981/ask

Resources:

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

https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ENTO-180/ENTO-180.html

Frederick County Virginia Cooperative Extension office: https://frederick.ext.vt.edu

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)

http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/plant-industry-services-plant-pest-survey-and-detection.shtml





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