Egg masses of the spotted lantern fly, Lycorma delicatula (White), are usually covered with a smooth tan to gray colored coating when fresh (Fig.1). This coating may crack and fall off with age, exposing eggs laid in vertical rows underneath (Fig. 2). Some egg masses are laid with only some or no covering at all. Here are a few other insect egg masses commonly found in Virginia to help you recognize those of the spotted lantern fly. Sizes are not to scale.
Contact your local Cooperative Extension office for more information about spotted lanternfly, or visit the Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia website at https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial- horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html.
Theresa A. Dellinger, February 17, 2023.
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