Ardsley Pollinator Pathway
Alert: Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Spotted in Hastings
A Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) has been identified in Hastings at the corner of Scenic and Ferndale. They have also been spotted in Dobbs Ferry and Scarsdale. You may have read about this worrisome invasive insect in the news. If you see this invasive pest, please kill it, take a picture, and notify, via email (with the picture), the NYS DEC and us. SLFs have devastated areas of Pennsylvania and are now chewing their way through New Jersey. New York State is extremely concerned about these invasive pests since they severely threaten the NYS wine, apple and other agricultural industries.
Here's a handy ID sheet: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/slfposter2.pdf. Right now they are in their adult stage and above are the images of the adults. They are one inch in length. They are not butterflies or moths and tend to hop rather than fly. You will find them on trees and shrubs - they re not pollinating insects and so will not be on flowers. SLF is a beautiful-looking insect, so it may seem counterintuitive to smash it, but hordes of them are on their way and they will quickly damage area trees. In addition, they leave a sticky mess behind which is wholly unpleasant. Next summer, you may find your outdoor furniture coated in a sticky residue and the flies landing on your neck or fluttering in your face.
We won't be able to keep our area entirely safe from these insects but citizen campaigns to eradicate them WILL make a difference. Manually killing them is the best method (not pesticides). We'll provide more information in the fall on this pest.
The Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Project's mission is to raise awareness, educate, and encourage the participation of Ardsley’s residents, businesses, government, and other organizations in the creation and maintenance of healthy pollinator habitats in the Village of Ardsley.
The world’s community of pollinators is in crisis.
One in four native bee species are facing extinction.
There are significant declines in other pollinator populations as well, which include beetles, ants, birds, moths, butterflies, flies, gnats, and small mammals, such as bats.
Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of 80-95% of plant species on earth.
There are numerous causes for this decline, with habitat loss and pesticide use at the top.
Conservation techniques work! When homeowners, governmental agencies and private businesses commit to expanding pollinator-friendly, pesticide-free habitats, we will change the future for pollinators and secure our own. We encourage your home to become a node on a path through Ardsley!
No effort is too small! We need your help. They need your help.
Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Map
View our growing pathway that will connect us with other communities. Add your own pollinator garden to the map. Click on the purple flower pins to learn more about each steppingstone in our pathway.