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Light Brown Apple Moth

Scientific Name

Epiphyas postvittana (Walker, 1863) (Brown et al. 2010)

Common Name

Light brown apple moth (LBAM)

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)


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

Light brown apple moth

Light brown apple moth, adult


Natasha Wright Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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  • APHIS Removes the Federal Domestic Quarantine for Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana) and Interstate Movement Restrictions

    • Dec 3, 2021
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • Effective December 17, 2021, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing the light brown apple moth (LBAM), Epiphyas postvittana, quarantine in California and Hawaii. APHIS is reclassifying LBAM as a non-quarantine pest, removing all areas under quarantine, and removing movement restrictions on LBAM host material.

      When APHIS first confirmed detections of LBAM in the United States in 2007, the best science available indicated that this moth would be a pest of economic significance. In response, APHIS and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) developed an eradication program. Over time, however, it became clear that the moth’s impact was not as significant as expected.

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Selected Resources

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