7 December 2017 07:15PM
A new invasive species recently spotted in the region could wreak havoc on some of the state’s biggest crops in Greene and Columbia counties if left unchecked.
The state Department of Agriculture and Markets announced the finding of the spotted lanternfly in the state for the first time.
Native to Asia, the spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that could pose a threat to a number of the state’s most vital crops in the agricultural industry, including apples, hops and grapes.
The spotted lanternfly is easily identified by its distinct markings.
“Adult spotted lanternflies are approximately 1 inch long and one half inch wide, and they have large and visually striking wings,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Their forewings are light brown with black spots at the front and a speckled band at the rear. Their hind wings are scarlet with black spots at the front and white and black bars at the rear. Their abdomen is yellow with black bars.