Spotted lanternfly is in NYS; learn how to track this invasive pest

adult spotted lanternfly
Adult spotted lanternfly (SLF). Photo courtesy Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,

Gardeners and other residents are asked to look out for the spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest that poses a severe threat to our landscape trees–and to forest and agriculture as well.

There’s bad news and good news. The bad news is that the SLF has been spotted in several locations in New York State. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to much of the state.

Learn how to help in these online events:

  • Monday, June 7 at 1 p.m. – Identifying & Reporting Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven with NY iMapInvasives
  • Monday, June 7 at 7 p.m. – Q&A Panel: Spotted Lanternfly, Tree of Heaven, and NY iMapInvasives

Register online.

The events are being co-hosted by NY iMapInvasives and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM).

The SLF came from Asia and feeds on a variety of plants including grapes, hops and maple trees. One potential pathway for the spread of SLF is its preferred host plant, tree of heaven, which is already found in many locations across New York State.

You can help protect our landscapes by knowing what to look for and how to report it to New York’s official invasive species database, iMapInvasives. Visit the NY iMapInvasives website to learn about the project, and sign up for a grid square on the map to look for these species out in the field.

Get more information about SLF here.

2 Comments on “Spotted lanternfly is in NYS; learn how to track this invasive pest

  1. Hi Tom, that’s interesting. I’ll pass that info along to John Farfaglia from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

  2. Just an fyi, I use Bayers Advanced Rose and Flowers Insect Killer around the base of my Asiatic lilies and so far NO red lily leaf Beatles..knocking on wood. This is my third year and the first we don’t have them. Happy gardening everyone!

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