. . .The spotted lanternfly has been seen in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
Rhode Island discovered the state’s first specimen at the beginning of the month, state environmental officials said.
The winged pest, also known as Lycorma delicatula, is native to China. . .
The USDA National Invasive Species Information Center says it poses a “serious economic threat to multiple U.S. industries.”
The insect feeds on agricultural crops like grapes, apples and hops as well as maple, walnut and willow trees. (Read more from “Americans Told To Destroy New, Invasive Species of Insect Invading Region” HERE)
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