Insects

New York state officials: Be on the lookout for invasive spotted lanternfly

(Penn State University photo)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for an invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly. State environmental and agricultural officials say the spotted lanternfly has the potential to harm New York’s forests and farms. The invasive pest from Asia feeds on more than 70 plant species, including maples, apple…

Michigan continues to step up habitat enhancement efforts that benefit pollinating insects

(Michigan DNR)Pollinators, such as the monarch butterfly and the rusty patched bumble bee, listed in March as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, recently have made headlines due to declining populations, primarily from habitat loss. Grasslands, vitally important to many species including pollinators, have become increasingly rare. But through several habitat enhancement projects, the Michigan DNR –…