Photograph of cryptic spotted lanternfly egg masses

The river birches at the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill, PA, were loaded hundreds or perhaps thousands of spotted lanternfly egg masses, all of them amazingly camouflaged. Can you find them on the trunk below? Click on the photograph to view a larger version.

Cryptic spotted lanternfly egg masses on river birch

In addition to trees, spotted lanternflies can oviposit on a variety of artificial surfaces such as shipping containers, cars, trains, and garden tools. Their fondness for hard, smooth surfaces means that humans unwittingly transport them across state lines.

Here are the locations of the egg masses.

Cryptic spotted lanternfly egg masses on river birch

More photographs of spotted lanternflies are on my SmugMug account. Please also see my post, “Spotted lanternfly control tips“, for details on how to kill eggs, nymphs, and adults.

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