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Spotted lanternfly – Lycorma delicatula

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

If you think you have found a plant pest, report it to the CFIA.

What information is available

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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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

Where to look for it

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).

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