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Spotted Lantern Fly threatening NY agriculture

(WBNG) — An invasive species is threatening some of New York’s most lucrative crops.

Spotted lantern flies are wreaking havoc in several nearby states including 16 counties throughout Pennsylvania.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said it puts New York counties at risk.

“We are concerned that it might be coming to New York because we have found spotted lantern fly in several shipments that have come into the state,” said Department of Agriculture Horticulture Inspector Robert Sullivan.

Sullivan said the insect feed off of dozens of different trees and crops crucial to our agricultural economy.

While no live population has been found in the state, Sullivan is concerned for the spring season when the spotted lantern flies’ eggs hatch.

You can report a spotted lantern fly or its egg mass to the DEC by emailing spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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