Spotted lanternfly – Lycorma delicatula
The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, Hemiptera: Fulgoridae) is an impressive and colourful insect native to Asia. It is not yet known to exist in Canada but is a potential threat to Canada's grape, fruit tree and forestry industries. Spotted lanternfly was added to the regulated pest list in 2018 in an effort to prevent its introduction from infested areas.
What to do
- It's important not to accidentally transport these pests into Canada, so if you're travelling or going camping in infested areas of the US, check your camper, trailer or RV before making the return trip
- Inspect things stored outside, including your vehicle and patio furniture
- Look closely at things like tarps, yard and garden items, and sports equipment (including the underside)
- Spotted lanternfly egg masses are laid in late summer
- These egg masses can survive winter temperatures and hatch in the spring
- If you think you have found the spotted lanternfly pest or egg masses in Canada, scrape them into a sealable container and immediately notify the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
If you think you have found a plant pest, report it to the CFIA.
What information is available
- Spotted lanternfly fact sheet
- Tree-of-heaven fact sheet
- Spotted lanternfly poster
- North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) pest alerts
- United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: Spotted Lanternfly (including distribution information)
- Invasive Species Centre – Spotted lanternfly poster, factsheet and sentinel site signage
Plant pest credit card: Spotted lanternfly
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Adults are approximately 20 to 26 mm long and 12 mm wide. They have uniquely-coloured wings: the front wings are light brown/grey with black spots at the front and dark speckled bands near the back. The rear wings are red in colour and have black spots near the front and white and black bands at the back. The abdomen is yellow with horizontal black stripes. Early stage nymphs are black and white, while later stage nymphs are black, white and red.
Hosts: grape, tree-of-heaven, willow, apple, pine, stone fruit.
Signs include grey or black weeping wounds on host plants and yellowish-white mold patches occurring at the base of the tree. Newly laid egg masses are brown in colour and covered in a grey, waxy coating.
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Infographic : Spotted Lanternfly
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(Photo credit: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org)
Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula)
Prevent its spread
It could be devastating for Canada's wine, fruit and forest industries.
Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is present in the United States and getting closer to the Canadian border. All Canadians can help prevent the spread of SLF from infested areas by reporting sightings of this pest.
What to look for – Lifecycle
- Egg laying: September to November
- Egg mass: October to June (Photo credit: Amanda Roe, Natural Resources Canada)
- Early stage nymph: May to July
- Late stage nymph: July to September
- Adults: July to December
Where to look for it
- Over 100 species of trees and plants
- Commercial and leisure vehicles
- Outdoor items
If you think you have found the spotted lanternfly pest or its egg masses in Canada, report it to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Learn more at inspection.canada.ca/pests
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