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Light Brown Apple Moth

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Light brown apple moth
Light brown apple moth, adult - Natasha Wright Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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)


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.

Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

USDA. APHIS. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. National Agricultural Pest Information System.


California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services.


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.


Google. YouTube; San Diego County (California).

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Light Brown Apple Moth.

Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.

USDAAPHISPPQCPHST. Identification Technology Program.

Federal Government
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
International Government

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

State and Local Government
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
See also: Insect Fact Sheets for more resources

Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry Division. Plant Protection Section.
California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Oregon Department of Agriculture.

See also: Pest Alerts for more pests

Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Cornell University. New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.
See also: Invasive Species & Exotic Pests for more factsheets

Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.

See also: Forecasting Invasion Risks for more factsheets
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY469

University of California Cooperative Extension. Monterey County.

University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

University of Arkansas. Cooperative Extension Service.

See also: Arkansas Invasive Pests for more factsheets