How to Identify and Get Rid of Mottled Lantern Eggs


From September to June, identifying and destroying spotted lanternfly egg masses can play a vital role in stopping the invasion throughout Pennsylvania.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — Editor’s Note: The attached video is from March 27.

Spotted Lantern Eggs can be extremely versatile, hardy, and difficult to identify.

From September to June, identifying and destroying spotted lanternfly egg masses can play a vital role in stopping the invasion throughout Pennsylvania.

Here are the best ways to identify and eradicate them:

find the eggs

According Farm and dairy, egg masses can attach and blend into almost any surface, making them difficult to identify. A list of items that spotted lanternflies will lay eggs on include:

Backpacks, basketball backboards, bicycles, boats/boat trailers, RVs, coolers, motorcycles, RVs, RVs, snowmobiles, tarps and tents.

Barrels, cardboard or wooden boxes, exterior posts, planters, firewood, propane or oil tanks, garbage cans, refrigerators/freezers, sheds, shutters, storm doors and windows, window awnings and garden furniture. ‘outside.

Bricks/blocks, cement bins, lumber, roofing materials, tools and toolboxes, workbenches, forklifts and pipes.

Dog houses, rabbit sheds, chicken coops, etc., barbecue grills, carts, cold frames, fences, tillers, garden decorations, garden tools, backhoes, lawn mowers, signs and posts, storage sheds, tractors and trailers and trees, shrubs and plants.

Cabanas, children’s pools, bicycles, scooters, sandboxes, swings and trampolines.

What to look for

Identifying spotted lantern eggs can be difficult. The masses are arranged in rows and then covered with a protective coating, according to Virginia Department of Forestry.

The coating is white and glossy in color as shown below:

The coating will turn grey/brown as it dries, cracks and fades over time. Sometimes this cover even fades, exposing the individual eggs.

A whole egg mass is about 1.5 inches long and looks extremely like a lump of clay.

How to Avoid Imposters

There are many doppelgänger egg masses look-alikes. Lichen on tree branches can be very similar in shape, size, and color.

Other insects lay similar-looking egg masses on similar surfaces as invasive species. An example includes wheel bug eggswho are actually a natural predator of lantern nymphs. An easy way to tell the difference is that wheel bug egg masses have no cover.

Another doppelganger are Lymantria dispar egg masses, also called squishy or squishy, ​​which are similar in shape to lantern eggs. However, they are generally known to be more fibrous and more tan in color.

A useful guide to identifying Mottled Lantern Eggs can be found here.

Stop the spread

There are two ways to kill egg masses. Once you have correctly identified the eggs, take a tool to scrape the eggs off the surface of whatever they are attached to.

Eggs should be scraped into a container filled with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. This is the most effective way to destroy the eggs of invasive species.

The other option is to simply overwrite them. Tools for breaking may include a stick, scraper, or even bare hands. Virginia Department of Forestry recommends ensuring that firm pressure is applied to the eggs so that they burst.

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