NEW YORK – The spotted lanternfly is expected to make a comeback this year, but New York State predicts its appearance could occur sooner rather than later, which could surprise at-risk agricultural businesses.

The razón podría deberse a la extension del tiempo de verano during the first weeks of the primavera ya medida that the temperatures continúan suddenendo, algo que podría pulsar la línea de tiempo de la mosca linterna moteada, según el Departamento de Agricultura y Mercados del Estado de New York.

“In fact, with the warmer weather facing New York State, we expect the SLF (speckled lantern fly) to hatch early this year, within the next month or even sooner, at New York, Long Island and the Hudson Valley“Plant Industry Director Chris Logue told our sister network NBC New York.

Brian Eshenaur studies invasive species at Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYSIPM). He says hatching could be brought forward to early May.

“With this momentum, it also means they could turn into adult Mottled Lanterns (the stage we all recognize) sooner. So they may be happening sooner than we would normally see them, i.e. around the third week of July,” he said. at CNB 4.

The spotted lantern is an invasive species native to Asia. According to Princeton High School teacher Mark Eastburn, these insects first appeared in Pennsylvania years ago.

“I live in Pennsylvania, and the mottled lanternflies first appeared in 2014. From what I understood, there was a shipment of cobblestones from China,” Eastburn told NBC New York. .

These insects like to lay their eggs on flat, hard surfaces. The egg cluster that was attached to the rock shipment traveled to Redding, Pennsylvania, and from there the Lanterns have since spread to areas of northeastern New Jersey, New York, and New Jersey. Connecticut.

With no true predators native to the United States, the hitchhiking creature gravitates to farms and vineyards as a food source. This grasshopper is known to feed on over 70 species of plants, including fruit trees, cereals and vines, with the tree of heaven being a fan favorite of the insect.

To give a broader perspective, New York is estimated to produce more than 30 million bushels of apples each year, while grapes are valued at an annual harvest of $52.8 million, according to the Department of Agriculture and New York markets.

With the possibility of an earlier appearance of Mottled Lanterns, experts advise residents to inspect hotspots, such as tree trunks and playgrounds, and scrape out egg masses.

“So we’re asking residents to look for speckled lanternfly egg masses and scrape them off with a credit card or something with a hard edge. You have to press a little hard on the egg mass and you’ll need to hear the eggs burst.” as they come under pressure to know they’re effective,” Jeff Wolfe, public information officer for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, told NBC.

Mottled lanterns do not pose a direct threat to humans, as they do not bite or sting people, but grape growers and grape growers should be prepared in both Hudson Valley Like on Long Island.

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