Box tree moths, an invasive species from Asia, have been found in Ohio. Here’s what to know

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One of the invasive species the Ohio Department of Agriculture is worried about has been spotted in Ohio.

The box tree moth has been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have been found near the boarder Hamilton and Clermont counties.

Like the spotted lanternfly, the box tree moth is native to Asia. According to the agency, the moth is a threat to boxwood plantings and the horticulture industry.

The public is being asked if they see a box tree moth to report it via the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s reporting tool.

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