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Light Brown Apple Moth

Light brown apple moth - Invasive.orgScientific name: Epiphyas postvittana (Walker, 1863) (Brown et al. 2010)

Common names: Light brown apple moth

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Native To: Australia (Oregon Department of Agriculture 2007)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Colonized Hawaii by 1925 (Suckling and Brockerhoff 2010); 2006 in California (Brown et al. 2010)

Means of Introduction: Possibly through imported plant products (Johnson et al. 2007)

Impact: Damages crops and other plant life (Oregon Department of Agriculture 2007)

Current U.S. Distribution:




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USDA. APHIS. PPQ. Identification Technology Program.

Fact Sheet: Light Brown Apple Moth
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.

Invasive Species Compendium - Epiphyas postvittana
CAB International.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

Federal Government

Hungry Pests: The Threat - Light Brown Apple Moth
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Plant Pests and Diseases Program: Insects - Light Brown Apple Moth
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

International Government

Primefact - Light Brown Apple Moth in Citrus (Jun 2016)
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

State Government

Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM)
California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services.

Fact Sheet: Light Brown Apple Moth (PDF | 230 KB)
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
See also: Publications - All CAES Factsheets for more resources

Insects & Pests - Light Brown Apple Moth
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Pest Alert: Light Brown Apple Moth (PDF | 145 KB)
Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Light Brown Apple Moth
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Protection Section.

Oregon Insect Pest Alert: Light Brown Apple Moth (PDF | 2.2 MB)
Oregon Department of Agriculture.
See also: Pest Alerts for more pests


Light Brown Apple Moth: A Potential Invasive Pest in Arkansas (PDF | 185 KB)
University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.
See also: Arkansas Invasive Pests for more factsheets

LBAM (Light Brown Apple Moth)
University of California Cooperative Extension. Monterey County.

Light Brown Apple Moth, Epiphyas postvittana
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

EDIS - Light Brown Apple Moth
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY469

Forecasting Invasion Risks: Factsheets - Light Brown Apple Moth (Feb 2010; PDF | 1.5 MB)
Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.
See also: Forecasting Invasion Risks for more factsheets


Brown, J.W., M.E. Epstein, T.M. Gilligan, S.C. Passoa, and J.A. Powell. 2010. Biology, identification, and history of the light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Archipini) in California: an example of the importance of local faunal surveys to document the establishment of exotic insects. American Entomologist 56(1):34-43.

Oregon Department of Agriculture. 2013. Oregon Insect Pest Alert: Light Brown Apple Moth (PDF | 2.2 MB).

Suckling, D.M., and E.G. Brockerhoff. 2010. Invasion biology, ecology, and management of the light brown apple moth (Tortricidae). Annual Review of Entomology 55:285-306.

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Last Modified: Apr 12, 2018
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