Clockwise from top left: Adult showing hind wings; adult with folded wings; early black and white nymphs; full-grown nymphs showing red; and egg masses.
Current lanternfly distribution (reported) in the U.S.
Detection by citizen scientists has been very successful in Pennsylvania and a similar program in Virginia provided valuable information and records in 2018 and 2019. Early detection of Spotted Lanternfly, should it relocate elsewhere in Virginia, is crucial. The Extension Service has reached out to the Master Naturalist Program (as well as Master Gardeners, SNP staff, and Va. Dept. of Forestry staff) to monitor the invasion and to help raise awareness of this pest.
Nineteen VMN chapters assisted in the program last year, and especially because the invasion is only 2 counties north of us, Headwaters’ involvement is very important. If you’re interested in helping with spotting and banding the SLF, please contact Chris Bowlen at 540-289-6801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Dave Forrer