It Received’t Be Lengthy Now

Pink nymph stage of the noticed lanternfly, Pittsburgh, 13 July 2023 (photograph by Kate St. John)

14 July 2023

Again within the ‘Burgh from our journey to Cape Cod, the very first thing I seen in my neighborhood was a troop of crimson nymph noticed lanternflies crawling on partitions and sidewalks close to an ailanthus tree — their host tree, a.okay.a Tree of Heaven.

Pink nymphs are the fourth and last instar in noticed lanternfly growth.

Spotted lanternfly life cycle (image from Wikimedia Commons)

When the grownup is able to emerge, the crimson nymph stands immobile whereas the grownup physique pokes its head out and molts the crimson nymph exoskeleton. Penn State Extension describes lanternfly stages and has a photograph of the adult emerging here.

I don’t know the way lengthy the crimson nymph stage lasts however I’m certain we’ll quickly see giant flying(!) noticed lanternflies.

It received’t be lengthy now. 🙁

For tips about tips on how to management them, see my June article, Outsmart Spotted Lanternflies, and Penn State’s Extension educators explain spotted lanternfly life cycle, offer management tips

(images by Kate St. John and from Wikimedia Commons)

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