Spotted lantern fly

Spotted Lanternfly

Announcement from the Finger Lakes Grape Program:

Spotted Laternfly found in the Finger Lakes

The DEC and Department of Ag & Markets sent out a press release saying that the spotted lanternfly (SLF) has been found in the Finger Lakes, on the east side of Keuka Lake near Penn Yan. Another individual SLF was found in Albany County as well.

We're still very early in the follow-up process, but Ag & Markets inspectors are working to scout the area where the initial individual was found. The FLGP will be providing whatever information and assistance we can to them as we try to assess how much of a presence of SLF there is in the area so far.

Any potential sightings of SLF adults, nymphs, egg masses or signs of infestation (e.g., large amounts of sooty mold at the base of a tree) should be reported to the DEC at Try to take a photo or even capture the individual or egg mass if at all possible. Be sure to note the location of where it was found (address, GPS coordinates, landmarks, etc. The more specific, the better).

More information can be found at the DEC's Spotted Lanternfly website:


Hans Walter-Peterson
Viticulture Extension Specialist, Finger Lakes Grape Program, CCE-Yates County
(315) 536-5134

Last updated September 17, 2018