Pretty to look at, but deadly for many Central New York agriculture products. New York's Ag Department has confirmed a new bug, Spotted Lanternfly, has been found in the state for the 1st time.

The insect is quarantined in 13 Pennsylvania counties and was just reported in the state of Delaware. According to officials, a facility in Delaware County reported finding one of the insects in an interstate shipment.

The single specimen was dead when it was discovered. The incident serves as an important reminder that invasive species can be transported to new locations in various ways.

They feed on the sap from plants and leaves are harmful to apples, grapes and hops. Communities are being asked to report any findings of spotted lanternfly to the Division of Plant Industry at (800) 554-4501 or email plants@agriculture.ny.gov or a local Cornell Cooperative Extension office

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SOURCE: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

 


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