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National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Box tree moth adult  (Photo courtesy of Matteo Maspero and Andrea Tantardini, Centro MiRT - Fondazione Minoprio [IT])
February 29, 2024

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is happening now! From February 26th to March 3rd, there is a focus for outreach and education about invasive species, the problems they cause in our native ecosystems, and how to prevent their spread.

This winter, the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has thus far removed 6,000 spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) egg masses from cities and towns across the state with known infestations of this insect. Established populations of spotted lanternfly in Massachusetts now occur in Holyoke, Springfield, West Springfield, Agawam, Fitchburg, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Ashland, Wellesley, Weston, and Chelmsford. More information about the spotted lanternfly from UMass Extension can be found at

MDAR has also been keeping a close eye on the new box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis) infestation in Barnstable County, MA in the communities of Bourne, Sandwich, and Barnstable, MA. For more information about box tree moth from UMass Extension, visit:

If you suspect you've seen a spotted lanternfly, box tree moth, or other invasive insect, please report it at

A map of where spotted lanternfly, box tree moth, and other invasive insects have been detected in Massachusetts can be found at

For more information from MDAR, visit:

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