The State Department of Ag and Markets hopes you’ll start watching for the spotted lanternfly.
It’s now in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The spotted lanternfly causes harm by sucking sap from plant stems and leaves.
According to state officials, the pest loves ailanthus trees in particular, and attacks grapes, hops and apples.
If you see one, try to grab a photo and contact your local Cooperative Extension Office.
Communities are being asked to report any findings of spotted lanternfly to the Division of Plant Industry at (800) 554-4501 or email@example.com, or to a local Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) county office.
The insect is easy to identify with distinct markings. Photos are available here.