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Is That a Spotted Lanternfly?


Spotted lanternflies have colorful exteriors, but is that just a distraction for what’s underneath? Our Brielle exterminator experts take a look at this relatively recent addition to the pest population.

Where Did the Spotted Lanternfly Come From?

The spotted lanternfly is indigenous to China and Vietnam, but the species has since expanded its reach. It was accidentally introduced into South Korea and Japan during the late 2000s, and the spotted lanternfly has been regarded as a pest in the United States since its first official sighting in 2014. The species is currently concentrated in the northeast region of the country, but it’s swiftly spreading to the south and the west.

Life Cycle of the Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternflies are able to proliferate thanks to their egg masses. These masses contain anywhere from 30 to 50 eggs, and they’re deposited on trees, rocks, and other hard surfaces. Initially, the egg masses resemble a white putty-like substance. Over time, they darken and take on the appearance of dried mud, which helps protect them from predators.

*Early-stage nymphs emerge with solid black bodies covered in white spots. At this point, they reach a size of approximately 1/4-inch.

*During the last stage before attaining adulthood, the nymphs double in length to 1/2-inch or so. This is when they develop red pigmentation that contrasts with the black and white to create a vivid appearance.

Are Spotted Lanternflies Dangerous?

While they pose no known threats to human, spotted lanternflies are seriously destructive to stone fruits, soybeans, and other crops. Efforts are being made to curtail the population in order to protect agricultural industries.

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