State Senator Daylin Leach stands very far away from bugs as Luke Hearon, from the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, and attendees examine the many different features of the Spotted Lanternfly at Leach’s Spotted Lanternfly Presentation for Kids
HARRISBURG – October 4, 2019 − State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) yesterday hosted the first-ever Spotted Lanternfly Presentation for Kids in Montgomery County, PA. The event was open to the people of 17th Senatorial District, and provided children with a unique opportunity to learn about spotted lanternflies and the tools they need to get involved in protecting their homes and communities from this pesky species.
“A new invasive species has taken up residence in our community,” Leach said. “Spotted Lanternflies were first discovered in Pennsylvania in Berks County and have since spread to other parts of Southeastern, PA. This particular insect is troublesome because it can cause massive damage to our businesses including agricultural crops like grapes, apples, and logging. We need to stop its spread, or the state risks an impact worth tens of billions of dollars. Children are some of the best advocates for mother nature, and I’m confident that the young environmental enthusiasts I met last night are ready to spread the word and teach others how they can do their part.”
At the event, students heard a presentation by Luke Hearon from Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and were able to ask questions and received fun take home materials about ways they can help. The Belmont Hills Library hosted the event.
Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. For more information visit www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.