The Spotted Lanternfly has landed in our region!
Virginia Cooperative Extension has been monitoring the arrival of this invasive in our region and there are many resources available for reporting sitings and management of this beautiful but terrible pest. You can help by reporting any sightings of Spotted Lanternfly and/or submitting actual samples to our Help Desk.
Report a Spotted Lanternfly sighting in Arlington County or the City of Alexandria, Virginia!
Survey form is only for Arlington/Alexandria.
Virtual Class: Spotted Lanternfly:
Identification and Control
Submit a Sample
Please submit photos via the Spotted Lanternfly sighting link. A confirmation of a probable ID from a photo needs to be followed up by submitting an actual physical sample. If you can, please include multiple bugs, not just one, to ensure a good sample. Single specimens are not always complete. Insects are hard to identify when parts are missing. Please try to submit an insect whole and not completely mashed if possible. Live insects can be put in the freezer or in rubbing alcohol to kill quickly. Submitted samples must be dead and in a sealed bag or container and should be accompanied by a completed Specimen Report form.
Samples can be mailed, but it is better to drop them off at the
Extension Master Gardener Help Desk
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St.
Arlington VA 22206
Source: Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia. Virginia Cooperative Extension.
- Possible Spotted Lanternfly Egg Mass Look-alikes in Virginia
- Possible Spotted Lanternfly Immature Look-alikes in Virginia
- Possible Spotted Lanternfly Adult Look-alikes in Virginia
- Lifecycle Calendar
- Detailed fact sheet on the life cycle and control of the spotted lanternfly
- UDSA information on the Spotted Lanternfly
- Best Management Practices for Spotted Lanternfly in Yards and Landscapes
- Residential Control for Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in Virginia
- Best Management Practices for Spotted Lanternfly on Christmas Tree Farms
- Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia Vineyards: Lycorma delicatula (White) (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae)
- Stomp the Spot(ted Lanternfly)
- Virginia Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine
- Spotted Lanternfly Treatment Program Information
- What Virginians Need to Know About the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine
- Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Spotted Lanternfly Resources
- Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine training
- Control and Utilization of the Tree-of-Heaven by the Virginia Department of Forestry. Tree of Heaven identification
- Invasive Plant Species: Ailanthus (Ailanthus altissima)