The New York State Departments of Agriculture and Markets (AGM), Environmental Conservation (DEC), and Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today confirmed that Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia, has been found on Staten Island. Several live, adult insects were discovered by OPRHP staff in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve. SLF (see photo below) is a destructive pest that feeds on more than 70 plant species, including tree-of-heaven, and plants, and crops that are critical to New York’s agricultural economy, such as maple trees, apple trees, grapevine, and hops.
The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect native to China and Southeast Asia. This pest poses a serious threat to New York State Agricultural commodities, including tree fruit, grapes, and hops. It is an excellent hitchhiker, therefore, be mindful of hitchhikers on your vehicles! They can be found even in the smallest spaces, such as wedged in your vehicle grill.
Do you think you found Spotted Lanternfly in New York? Report it to NYS Dept. Agriculture and Markets, using the Spotted Lanternfly Public Report.It's important to keep the specimen for positive identification when someone comes to confirm the finding.
Last updated September 25, 2020