Invasive spotted Lanternfly seen for first time in Virginia

Virginia Department of Agriculture reported new invasive insect called a Lanternfly was found in state in January 2018. (Photo courtesy of the USDA)

An invasive insect called a Lanternfly was spotted in the Virginia area for the first time.

Experts say the Lanternfly can damage trees, destroy fruit, and could pose a threat to vineyards in Virginia.

The insect is native to China, India, and Vietnam and feeds on more than 70 kinds of plants and trees, including maple, oak, and cherry.

ABC7's Mike Carter-Conneen has more on this story in the above video.

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