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:
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: ext.vt.edu/offices.html
Do you have a picture?
only have a picture or would rather send a picture use the link
below. Be sure to include a street address and email
Detailed fact sheet on the life cycle and control of the spotted lanternfly see:
Frederick County Virginia Cooperative Extension office: https://frederick.ext.vt.edu
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)