The New York State Department of Agriculture confirms the presence of a new invasive insect which can threaten crops like grapes, apples, hops, and forest products. Officials say the Spotted Lanternfly causes harm by sucking sap from plant stems and leaves. The first discovery of the insect was three years ago in Pennsylvania and is believed to have made its way into New York on an interstate shipment. Contact the agriculture department if you become aware of the Spotted Lanternfly in your area.