Gypsy Moth caterpillars in Allegany State Park. Photo Courtesy Maria Pittman.
BUFFALO, NY - Fuzzy, black caterpillars are covering trees in the southern tier.
The insects have been identified as Gypsy Moths, an invasive species that defoliates trees and shrubs.
A March 2013 New York State Parks briefing paper raised the concern about a Gypsy Moth outbreak in Allegany State Park.
According to the report, a survey of Gypsy Moth eggs in the park found "extremely high" levels of eggs which indicated a "major outbreak" of Gypsy Moths for 2013.
2 On Your Side has reached out to the park and the State DEC for more information about the severity of this year's outbreak.