Spotted Lanternfly is a beautiful pest. But, don’t let looks fool you. It’s is destructive, dirty, and multiplies quickly.
Identifying the Pest
You need to be a real detective to identify this insect. That’s because it goes through several changes in appearance during its lifecycle.
The Spotted Lanternfly Life Cycle is 3 Main Stages
Spotted Lanternfly Nymphs emerge from their eggs as small back bugs with white spots. Eventually, they will shed layers and becoe red with white and black spots.
SLF is most vulnerable to chemical control at this stage. As adults, wings develop and are the insect’s true tell-tale. With wings open, the underside shows bright red on patterns of black, white, and beige. An adult at rest, however, looks very different and muted in color with its wings folded down.
Egg Masses: September-November
Adult females lay rows of eggs on tree trunks or any flat surface, typically on the underside where they will be safe from predators. She coats her eggs in a secretion that hardens and looks like gray clay. This provides a protective cover through the winter.
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