Invasive Animals & Insects

When animals get taken out of their native habitat and are introduced into another area, the absence of natural predators, diseases or competitors may allow them to become invasive. Invasive animals are those introduced to an area outside their original range that become problematic in their new home by interfering with native species, causing ecological and economic damage.


Photo Credits

  • Black Spotted Lanternfly nymphs: Eric Day, Virginia Tech Insect ID Lab, Virginia Tech Department of Entomology
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle: Kenneth R. Law,
  • Adult Emerald Ash Borer: David Cappaert, Michigan State University
  • Fall Cankerworm egg mass: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Forestry Archive
  • Spongy Moth Adult Female and Male: Joseph Berger USDA Forest Service - Region 8 - Southern Archive,
  • Adult Spotted Lanternfly: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,



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