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Siberian Moth

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Siberian moth, adult
Siberian moth, adult - Photo by Natalia Kirichenko
Scientific Name: 

Dendrolimus sibiricus Tschetverikov (EFSA et al. 2018)

Common Name: 

Siberian moth

Native To: 

Russia (McBride 2000)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 

Not introduced

Means of Introduction: 

Associated with the trade of coniferous plants (Kirichenko et al. 2008)


Could damage conifer forests. Its potential for defoliation has to be considered at least comparable to that of the gypsy moth in deciduous forests, but its environmental impact would likely be much more severe. The biology of the Siberian moth is unusual and complex, and it has been difficult to control in its native habitat. There are no known introductions of the Siberian moth to North America. (McBride 2000)

Current U.S. Distribution: 
Not currently established


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

Selected Resources

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USDAAPHISPPQCPHST. Identification Technology Program.

See also: ITP Products for more screening aids

National Plant Diagnostic Network. First Detector Program.

See also: Pest Identification for more resources

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Federal Government
USDA. FS. Northeastern Forest Experiment Station.
International Government

Forestry Commission (United Kingdom). Forest Research.