Gypsy moths have the capacity to cause severe defoliation to forestry, amenity trees and horticultural crops. Gypsy moths are transported as adults or eggs on sea freighters and may infest countries previously free of gypsy moth. Australia has remained free from gypsy moths but must continually use surveillance to demonstrate its freedom. A wide range of climate and host trees make parts of Australia susceptible to incursions and the establishment of gypsy moths. Surveillance for gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar L.) was undertaken during the months of October to March on a yearly basis from 2005 to 2012 in New South Wales using pheromone traps and that were inspected fortnightly. No Asian gypsy moths were found, but a native moth (L. antennata Walker) was detected.
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Dominiak, B.C., Gillespie, P.S. and Subasinghe, R. (2013) Surveillance for Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar asiatica L.) between 2005 and 2012 in New South Wales. Plant Protection Quarterly 28(1), 12-14.