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Nun Moth

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Nun moth, left-female, right-male
Nun moth, left-female, right-male - Photo by Melody Keena; USDA, Forest Service
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


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Australian Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. Pests and Diseases Image Library.

Selected Resources

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Plant Health Australia.

See also: Pests - Nun Moth for more information.
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.
Federal Government
USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.
International Government

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.

See also: Forecasting Invasion Risks for more factsheets