Invasive spotted lanternfly seen by beachgoers in Coney Island

The invasive bugs that have slowly been taking over the East Coast have finally been spotted in Brooklyn.

News 12 Staff

Aug 26, 2021, 11:44 AM

Updated 964 days ago

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The invasive bugs that have slowly been taking over the East Coast have finally been spotted in Brooklyn.
Spotted lanternflies, known for their recognizable red, black and white colors and their spots, are an invasive insect from Asia that experts warn are dangerous to plants and trees.
The State Department of Agriculture says the bugs are dangerous to more than 70 plant species, including crops that are critical to the state's agricultural economy.
Michael Sapia says that he spotted dozens of the insects during a recent trip to Coney Island.
"It looked like they were storming the beach of Normandy, the way they were coming in just floating on the waves and just coming up on the beach," he says.
He said once they reached the shoreline, they would dry off and start to hop around.
The state asks that you kill spotted lanternflies whenever you see them, and that's what Ziggy Campbell says he did when he saw one in his Luna Park cashier booth on Wednesday.
"I heard a plop from the top and I looked down and I saw it and I was like, 'what the heck,'" he says. "This is something I've never seen before, so I took one of the maps and tried to swipe it and it legit hopped over to the other side of the table."
You can help reduce the amount of the invasive insects in the area by scraping off egg masses from surfaces, or even by simply contacting the Department of Agriculture whenever you see them.
Want to know more about spotted lanternflies and how you can help reduce their numbers? News 12 has all of the information you need to know that you can read here.


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