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spotted lanternflies on branch

Three spotted lanternflies walk in a line along a thin woody branch, in front of a white wooden wall. Each lanternfly has long black legs, a small head with a red spot on the side below each eye, and long swept-back wings that are light pinkish-white in base color, with black spots on the front half and many very small black, densely packed dots on the rear half.

Not all species that arrive someplace new survive and prosper. New colonies are begun by a limited number of individuals, so the resulting gene pool is small, potentially limiting adaptability or fitness due to inbreeding. Females that produce offspring from multiple fathers, however, can help maintain a robust gene pool. Researchers at Temple University recently investigated the role of multiple paternity—individuals from more than one father in the same egg mass—in spotted lanternflies (Lycorma delicatula). (Photo by Jocelyn Behm, Ph.D.)

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