SLF has been found in several locations in New York but has not yet spread to much of the state. One potential pathway for the spread of SLF is its preferred host plant, tree-of-heaven (TOH), which is already found in many locations across New York.
DEC is seeking volunteers to look for SLF and TOH in your area. You can help protect New York’s agriculture and forests by knowing what to look for and how to report it to New York’s official invasive species database, iMapInvasives. Visit the NY iMapInvasives website to learn about the project, and sign up for a grid square on the map to look for these species out in the field.
Join iMapInvasives and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) for some tips on how to find these invasive species:
A virtual event, Identifying & Reporting Spotted Lanternfly and Tree-of-heaven with NY iMapInvasives is set for Thursday, August 5th at 10 am. Register for this training and learn more about the project on the NY iMapInvasives website.
Photo of Adult spotted lanternfly courtesy NYSDAM.