Northborough sounds alarm over invasive insect

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.

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