Hatch of Spotted Lanternfly Observed in Cincinnati

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On Thursday, May 4, 2023, Jonathon Shields, Agriculture Inspection Manager with the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), confirmed hatch of spotted lanternfly (SLF) in Cincinnati. ODA captured 8 SLF nymphs on Thursday afternoon in a previously known infestation in the city.


SLF Nymphs Collect in Vial From Cincinnati Infestation, May 2023
Photo Credit: Jonathan Shields, Agriculture Inspection Manager, Ohio Department of Agriculture


This serves as a great reminder as we continue to urge Ohioans to be on the lookout for the spotted lanternfly. Previously over the winter, everyone was encouraged to look for the egg mass stage of this non-native invasive species. While egg masses can remain visible even after hatch, 'SLF spotters' should also look for the nymph stage. 


Spotted lanternfly
Spotted Lanternfly Early Instar Nymph; Photo Credit Joe Boggs, OSU Extension



SLF Egg Mass, Cincinnati, Ohio
Photo Credit: Joe Boggs, OSU Extension - Hamilton County and Department of Entomology


SLF nymphs have a pretty wide host range, and are incapable of flying, but are strong jumpers or hoppers as their species is described in the name - planthoppers. First, second, and third instar nymphs are black with white markings. The fourth instar is red with black and white markings, as shown below. 


Pinned SLF Specimens
Photo Credit: Amy Stone, OSU Extension - Lucas County 



If you suspect that you have found any stage of the SLF, you are asked to report the sighting in one of the following ways: 


Thank you in advance for helping us monitor for SLF.