May 19, 2020

Invasive Species: Spotted Lanternfly’s Unique Impact

When we think of invasive species, environmental destruction is often the first thought that comes to mind. Native species go extinct and ecosystems are permanently damaged. With commonly cited invasive species like emerald ash borers, the fungus that killed chestnut trees, zebra mussels, etc., they have decimated species related to them, predators, and native hosts.  Environmental devastation also leads to economic downfalls and a nuisance impact on the public. Yet, the spotted lanternfly differs from how we perceive invasive species. They are primarily an invasive species threatening to impact local economies.  Environmentally, the spotted lanternfly weakens native trees but does […]