Be on the lookout for the invasive spotted lanternfly Plus

TIFTON — State governments are asking people to be on the lookout for an invasive insect pest called the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). University of Georgia experts say vigilant prevention strategies, early detection and timely interventions can help prevent the disease from spreading to Georgia and elsewhere.

Native to China, India, Vietnam, and parts of East Asia, it is now found in 14 states throughout the eastern United States. The species arrived in Pennsylvania via imported goods shipped from Asia in 2014.

Emily Cabrera is a writer and public relations coordinator at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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