Asian bug that destroys plants and crops found in Albany County

September 12, 2018 11:22 AM

An invasive insect from Asia has now been found in Albany County.

The spotted lanternfly feeds on more than 70 plant species, including maples, apple trees and hops. State officials say it has the potential to harm New York's forests and farms.

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The colorful moth was discovered in a vehicle in the Albany area and another adult insect was reported on a private Keuka Lake property in Penn Yan.

The state wants to know if you see one. Contact the Department of Environmental Conservation if you do.


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