PLAINSBORO – The Plainsboro Recreation and Cultural Center will host a discussion about the Spotted Lanternfly on Oct. 29.

The program organized by the Shade Tree Advisory Committee and Environmental Advisory Committee/Green Team presents Bill Brash, a fellow with the Society of American Foresters, to discuss the Spotted Lanternfly’s biology, life cycle, impacts and spread, and what to do if you see any from 7:30-9 p.m.

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper that is native to China, India, Vietnam, and introduced into Korea.

“The insect has the potential to greatly impact the grape, hop, small fruit, vegetable, and horticultural industries,” according to the New Jersey Department of Agricultural. “Early detection is vital for the protection of New Jersey businesses and agriculture. It is an excellent hitchhiker, so if you travel to and from the current quarantine area in Pennsylvania search your vehicle, your clothing and the load thoroughly. If you find a spotted lanternfly report it.”

The recreation and cultural center is at 641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro.

— Christopher Lang

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