The adult spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula (White), has a very distinctive appearance with black spots and bars on the upper wings (Fig. 1) and red, black, and white markings on the hindwings (Fig. 2). Adults measure about 1” long and 0.5” wide. A few other insects in Virginia have similar colors and/or distinctive markings, but a closer look reveals that the invasive spotted lanternfly is 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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