Immature spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White), are black with white spots when young (Fig. 1). They turn red and black with white spots when older (Fig. 2). A few other insects in Virginia have similar color patterns and/or distinctive markings, but a close look will show that immature spotted lanternflies are easily recognizable from these other possible look-alike insects (Figs. 3-9). 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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