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Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Confirmed in Worcester

By TWIW Staff | September 17, 2022
Last Updated: October 14, 2022

WORCESTER – The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has confirmed the invasive Spotted Lanternfly in Worcester.

The City of Worcester’s Department of Sustainability and Resilience is encouraging residents to be on alert for the insect, and to report positively identified specimens to MDAR.

The Spotted Lanternfly attacks 70 different plants, including crops like grapes, apples and hops, forest and shade trees and the invasive tree-of-heaven, a rapidly growing deciduous tree.

If residents identify the Spotted Lanternfly, contact MDAR at 617-626-1779 or at

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