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Posted on: September 21, 2023

Invasive Spotted Lanternfly seen in Southborough

Stop the spread of Spotted Lanternfly with picture of Spotted Lanternfly

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)  has recently confirmed an infestation of the invasive insect known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) or "SLF" in Southborough. 

At this time, it is unknown how this invasive insect got to Southborough or the extent of the infestation but MDAR and USDA staff will be present over the next several weeks as they continue their investigation and checking trees in the area. 

Please report any possible sightings and read up on the spotted lanternfly here. We are urging residents to become familiar with this invasive insect to better assist the town and state in managing this infestation to the greatest extent possible as this insect is highly invasive and can cause disruptions and devastations to many types of native and non-native plants and trees. 

Below is a flyer regarding the spotted lantern fly and it's various stages and how to report. You can also download the flyer here to share! 

Spotted Lanternfly poster

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