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Nun Moth

Scientific Name

Lymantria monacha (Linnaeus) (CABI)

Common Name

Nun moth

Native To

Eurasia (Keena 2003)

Date of U.S. Introduction

Not introduced

Means of Introduction

Could invade the U.S. through commerce, particularly on containers, pallets, and ships (Keena 2003)


Feeds on conifers. Its establishment in this country would be disastrous because it feeds on a variety of vegetation and can migrate and colonize a variety of sites. (Keena 2003)

Current U.S. Distribution

Not currently established

Nun moth, left-female, right-male
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Nun moth, left-female, right-male


Photo by Melody Keena; USDA, Forest Service

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