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Prepared by Theresa Dellinger and Eric Day, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech

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

Kenneth R. Law, USDA APHIS PPQ,

Spotted lanternfly eggs without covering

Kenneth R. Law, USDA APHIS PPQ,

Gypsy moth egg masses covered with brown hairs

Karla Salp, WA State Dept. of Ag,

Chinese mantis egg case

Whitney Cranshaw, CO State Univ.,

Eastern tent caterpillar eggs

Whitney Cranshaw, CO State Univ.,

Cankerworm eggs

PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry,

Wheel bug eggs and nymphs

Johnny N. Dell,

Lichen on bark

Eric Day, Virginia Tech

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Publication Date

May 16, 2018