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Invasive species warning - have you seen these bugs in your neighborhood?

Posted: 11:14 AM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 11:14:41-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The state DEC is asking all of us to be on the lookout for an invasive bug species this spring. As the weather heats up, they're asking you to keep your eyes open for spotted lanternfly nymphs, also known as SLF.

The SLF is an invasive species. The bugs feed on more than 70 species of plants, including maple and apple trees, grapevines and hops. The New York State DEC says they pose a significant threat to the state's agricultural health.

Before they become adults, the nymphs are small and black with white spots. Just before they become adults, they turn red. If you think you've found a SLF, you're asked to send photos to spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov. To learn more about the spotted lanternfly, click here.