It’s just what we need, another pest. State Ag and DEC officials are giving New York tree owners and others something new to worry about , an invasive species called the spotted lantern fly. They can cause damage to apple, plum, cherry, peach, apricot, almond and pine trees as well as hops and grapes. A USDA pest alert says ” Both nymphs and adults of the spotted lantern fly cause damage when they feed, sucking sap from stems and leaves. This can reduce photosynthesis, weaken the plant and eventually contribute to the plant’s death.” Russ Welser with the Ontario County Cornell Cooperative Extension Service Office says they haven’t had any reports from here but the insects are getting closer
Welser urges people to report any sightings.
We link to the pest alert here at Finger Lakes Daily News.com