Lymantria dispar asiatica Vnukovskij, Lymantria dispar japonica (Motschulsky), Lymantria albescens Hori and Umeno, Lymantria umbrosa (Butler), and Lymantria postalba Inoue (APHIS 2015)
Flighted Spongy Moth Complex (FSMC); formerly known as Asian gypsy moth (AGM) (APHIS 2022)
L. asiatica is native to temperate Asia east of the Ural Mountains; L. d. japonica, L. albescens, L. umbrosa, and L. postalba are native to Japan (Pogue and Schaefer 2007)
First discovered in the Pacific Northwest in the 1991 (APHIS 2015)
From infested cargo in ships (APHIS 2015)
Eradicated in North Carolina and Washington. It is a voracious pest of trees that poses a major threat to forest habitats in North America. (APHIS 2015)
Not currently established
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
Council or Task Force
State and Local Government
APHIS. 2022. APHIS Announces New Common Names for Regulated Lymantria Moths. USDA, Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service.
APHIS. 2015. Asian Gypsy Moth [PDF, 62 KB]. (Factsheet 81-35-027). USDA, APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Pogue, M., and P.W. Schaefer. 2007. A review of selected species of Lymantria Hübner (1819) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Lymantriinae) from subtropical and temperate regions of Asia, including the descriptions of three new species, some potentially invasive to North America. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. FHTET 2006-07.