Canadian Forest Service Publications

The Asian Gypsy Moth - Canada’s Insecta non grata. 2016. Cusson, M. NRCan, CFS, Laurentian Forestry Centre, Québec, Que. Branching out from the Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre. No. 103. 2 p.

Year: 2016

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 36648

Language: English

Series: Branching Out (LFC - Québec)

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Identified as one of the top ten exotic pests that should be given priority at the Canadian Forest Service, the Asian gypsy moth poses a serious threat to forests, biodiversity and the economy in Canada. How can we make sure this insect is recognized upon its arrival in Canada?

Plain Language Summary

This publication deals with the Asian gypsy moth, an insect whose presence has been detected on a number of occasions in Canadian ports, but which has yet to establish itself in Canada.

This insect has been identified as one of the top 10 exotic pests to be studied by the Canadian Forest Service. Its hosts include conifers (larch, pine and spruce) as well as hardwood trees (oak, poplar, willow, linden, birch, elm and apple trees).

Researchers at the Canadian Forest Service, Université Laval and the University of British Columbia have developed a molecular diagnostic test that differentiates the Asian gypsy moth from the European gypsy moths, and makes it possible to identify five other species of gypsy moths that pose a threat to Canadian forests.

Branching Out is a series of plain language fact sheets describing Laurentian Forestry Centre research projects.

Also available under the title:
Spongieuse asiatique : insecta non grata au Canada. L’éclaircie du Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie des Laurentides. No 103. (French)