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Spotted lanternfly spreading in New York State



New York – An invasive fly from Asia made its way to New York.

According to the New York State Division of Plant Industry, the spotted lanternfly was first discovered in the U.S. in 2014.

In 2020, it was first spotted in New York on Staten Island.

Since then, there have been reports of the lanternfly in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and the Binghamton area. The spotted lanternfly may kill grapevines and disrupt events at vineyards.

Including fruit trees, it feeds on more than 100 plant species. The fly is also attracted to popular plants used for landscaping around homes and businesses.

You can help stop the flies from spreading by looking out for any egg masses and adult pests, according to the Division of Plant Industry.

“Inspect your vehicles,” New York State Division of Plant Industry Director Christopher Logue said. “Be sure you don’t have adults spotted lanternfly hitchhiking with you on your vehicles; that’s really important for folks who are living in infested areas. We want to minimize the spread as best we can.”