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Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia

Spotted lanternfly adult
Spotted lanternfly adult
Spotted lanternfly nymphs
Spotted lanternfly nymphs

2023 Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia

The Insect Identification Lab at Virginia Tech developed this series of video modules to share with anyone interested in spotted lanternfly, including why this invasive insect is a pest, how to identify it in all of its life stages, its life history, and how to control it. Originally the modules were designed to train citizen scientists in a detection program for spotted lanternfly in Virginia, but as of 2023 the Insect Identification Lab is no longer managing that program.

This material has been updated for 2023 and provides appropriate information for anyone wishing to start their own citizen scientist program for spotted lanternfly. However, participation in a spotted lanternfly detection program is not mandatory to access these videos, and people who simply wish to be more informed about this pest are welcome to watch them.

Spotted Lanternfly Map Virginia
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Spotted Lanternfly Module 1 - Detection:

Spotted Lanternfly Module 2 - Life History:

Spotted Lanternfly Module 3 - Identification:

Spotted Lanternfly Module 4 - Trapping & Data Logging:

Spotted Lanternfly Module 5 - Management:

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Want to know more about the insect you found?
Check out fact sheets from Virginia Cooperative Extension.