The insect sucks the sap out of trees and threatens more than 70 plant species — including maples, apple trees, grape vines, and hops.

The spotted lanternfly, a invasive insect that threatens produce, has been found in Yates and Albany counties. The insect sucks the sap out of trees and threatens more than 70 plant species — including maples, apple trees, grape vines, and hops.

“A single adult insect was discovered in a vehicle in the Capital District. In addition, a single adult insect was reported on a private Keuka Lake property in Penn Yan, Yates County,” stated a release Tuesday from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets.

Anyone that suspects they have found a spotted lanternfly is urged to send a photo to spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov. Note the location of where the insect was found, egg masses, and/or infestation signs. The public is also asked to inspect outdoor items such as vehicles, furniture, and firewood for egg masses. Anyone that visits the Pennsylvania or New Jersey Quarantine Areas should thoroughly inspect their vehicle, luggage and gear for spotted lanternfly and egg masses before leaving and scrape off all egg masses.

For more information on SLF, visit www.dec.ny.gov/animals/113303.html.