ROCHESTER, NY – The invasive spotted lantern fly, which first appeared in the US in Berks County six years ago, has now landed near Ithaca and two New York counties bordering the Pennsylvania border, threatening vineyards and other agricultural producers in the state.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported Friday that the bugs had been found in Ithaca, as well as counties of Rockland and Orange, in recent weeks.
The large spotted beetles come from Asia and flash bright red when their wings are opened. Lantern flies feed on the sap of plants like grapes, apples, and hops.
Inspectors from the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets are working to locate and remove the insect’s eggs before they hatch in the spring.