Last month it was confirmed the spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia, has been found on a private Keuka Lake property in Penn Yan. Its a destructive pest that feeds on more than 70 plant species including tree-of-heaven, maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Hans Walter-Peterson says it mainly sucks the sap out of those plants.
Hans says some steps are being taken now to help prevent the spread of the lanternfly in the region and state.
While these insects can jump and fly short distances, they spread primarily through human activity. A second single adult laternfly was discovery in Albany County.