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spotted lanternfly with egg mass

On a sunny spot on the side of a tree, a spotted lanternfly perches above a thin, lumpy, bright white substance spread out on the tree bark, covering about twice the space that the lanternfly does.

In a study investigating the role of multiple paternity—individuals from more than one father in the same egg mass—in spotted lanternflies (Lycorma delicatula), researchers collected 248 female spotted lanternflies from 24 sites in 2020 and another 42 females along with their egg masses, such as shown here, in 2021. (Photo by Nadège Belouard, Ph.D.)

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