Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted Lanternfly - Recognize the Signs:
Nymph Stage
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1st instar - April to June

2nd & 3rd - June to July

4th instar - July to Sept (red)

Adult Stage

July - December

Egg Masses
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September to April (unhatched)

Some of the more prevalent host species for this insect include:

Staghorn Sumac
(Rhus typhina)
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  • Toothed leaf edge

  • Upright red, fuzzy fruit

  • Twigs are fuzzy

  • Smooth bark

  • Horizontal lenticels on bark

  • Grows in clonal colonies

Tree of Heaven
(Ailanthus altissima)
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  • Primary host

  • Smooth leaf edge

  • 1-2 teeth at leaf base

  • Strong odor (burnt peanut butter)

  • V or heart-shaped leaf scar

  • No terminal bud

  • Papery seed

  • Light gray/brown bark

  • Cantaloupe bark pattern

Black Walnut
(Juglans nigra)
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  • Toothed leaf edge

  • Large round fruit

  • "Monkey-faced" leaf scar

  • Chambered dark pith

  • Dark, rough diamond pattern bark