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Insect, Plant and Disease Identification

A Service of the Forest Health Diagnostic Lab

Western Conifer Seed Bug
Western Conifer Seed Bug

The Forest Health Diagnostic Lab is committed to helping the citizens of New York resolve their troubles with insects and plants. We are available year-round to identify your insects, plants, and plant and tree diseases.

If you need something identified you can e-mail a digital image, bring or mail your specimen to the lab. The more information you can provide about the insect, plant or problem, the easier it will be for us to identify. There is no charge for this service.

Information requested to help identify plants, insects and other arthropods, and diseases

  • Submitters' name, address, phone number and email address
  • Where was the specimen found? (town, county) and (more specific such as an insect on the side of the house or on a maple tree, a plant found in a ditch, or orange spots on leaves)
  • Is there damage caused by the insect or disease? If so, please describe.
  • The submission forms listed below are provided as a convenience. They are not required in order identify your plant, insect or disease.
  • Send your specimens to:
    NYSDEC Forest Health Diagnostic Laboratory
    Attn: Jessica Cancelliere
    108 Game Farm Road
    Delmar, NY 12054

Helpful forms

brown stinkbug
Brown Marmorated Stinkbug. Photo: David R.
Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org

The Links Leaving DEC's Website in the right column are also useful for identification of insects, spiders and other invertebrates.