Euonymous Defoliator Moth Pryeria sinica Moore, 1877Non-native  -  Invasive  Synonyms: Euonymus Leaf Notcher, Hodges #4639.1, Neopryeria jezoensis.

Status:

This Asian species has very recently appeared in North America, first reported from Maryland and Virginia in 2001 (BugGuide.net). It appears to be spreading. Read more.

Relationships:

Larvae rapidly defoliate Euonymus and Celastrus (bittersweet).

There are 13 records in the project database.

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A Euonymous Defoliator Moth in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (10/22/2013). Photo by Wendy Crowe. (MBP list)

A Euonymous Defoliator Moth caterpillar on strawberrybush in Glen Burnie, Maryland (5/2013). Photo by Janet Earickson. (MBP list)

A Euonymous Defoliator Moth larva in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (4/14/2017). Identified by John and Jane Balaban via BugGuide. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Euonymous Defoliator Moth caterpillar in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/1/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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