New invasive fruit pest found in Pennsylvania

An invasive insect new to the United States that has the potential to impact grape, fruit trees and the hardwood industries has been discovered in Berks County in Pennsylvania, prompting the immediate quarantine of Pike and District townships (Pennsylvania).

The Spotted Lanternfly, an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest, is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. It’s an invasive species in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species which also grow in Pennsylvania.

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