There’s a funny urban legend about a woman buying a cactus at a home furnishings store. She takes it home, finds a nice place for it, and leaves it. A little later, out of the corner of her eye, she thinks she sees the cactus plant moving. She turns to look, but it’s not moving. Later, she thinks she sees it moving again. This time, she goes to inspect the plant, only to find it wasn’t the plant that was moving, but thousands of tiny spiders!
The increase of global trade and travel over the last several decades has been overall beneficial but has also has brought unwelcome visitors: Invasive insect species. What insect species are invasive and how do they impact us here in Maryland? Let’s take a look!