Virginia Invasive Species

What Are Invasive Species? 

Invasive species--such as spotted lanternfly, feral swine, wavyleaf grass, and the emerald ash borer--damage forests, grasslands, marshes, and farmlands. They may also cause harm to humans. Invasive species are non-native weeds, insect pests and other organisms introduced intentionally or accidentally by people who move them from their native range. 

In the United States, economists estimate that more than $120 billion are lost annually to damages associated with invasive species. Invasive species threaten native plants and animals and their habitat in forests, marshes, and other natural areas.


zebra musselsDuring the week of March 1, 2021, zebra mussels were discovered in pet stores across the United States, including Virginia. The highly invasive invertebrates are hitchhiking inside a popular aquarium plant known as "marimo," or "moss balls."

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Report finding zebra mussels in moss balls here >>.



spotted lanternflyIn 2018, spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was discovered in Virginia. SLF attacks grapes, peaches, hops, and many ornamental and native tree species.

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See the current Virginia Invasive Species Management Plan here >>


EAB larvae Learn more about invasive species that threaten Virginia here >>




map  Report and map your discovery of invasive species here >>