Northborough sounds alarm over invasive insect

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A stock photo shows the spotted lanternfly. (Photo/Walthery, used under creative commons license)

NORTHBOROUGH – Officials in Northborough are warning residents to be on the lookout for an invasive insect that may have recently developed a presence in the area. 

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long bug native to Southeast Asia. It’s also been spreading through the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, though, since it was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2011. 

Experts warn the Lanternfly could become a devastating pest, impacting a number of plants without sufficient natural predators.

As of May 18, the state Department of Agriculture and Resources began “investigating the possible presence” of the bugs in and around Northborough.

Learn more by visiting www.town.northborough.ma.us/home/news/stop-spread-spotted-lanternfly.