Egg masses of the spotted lantern fly, Lycorma delicatula (White), are usually covered with a smooth tan to gray colored coating when fresh. This coating may crack and fall off with age, exposing eggs laid in vertical rows underneath. Some egg masses are laid with only some or no covering at all. Here are a few other insect egg masses found in Virginia to help you recognize those of the spotted lantern fly. Sizes not to scale.
Spotted lanternfly egg mass
Spotted lanternfly eggs without covering
Gypsy moth egg masses covered with brown hairs
Chinese mantis egg case
Eastern tent caterpillar eggs
Wheel bug eggs and nymphs
Lichen on bark
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May 16, 2018