Category name: Moth
Importance: Emergency plant pest
Symptoms: Currently the Asian Gypsy Moth has not be found in Australia but has the potential to damage both native and commercial forests as well as ornamental plants. Eradication programs in some areas of North America and New Zealand have been successful but at a cost of $20 million or more.
Similar to: The Asian gypsy moth is similar to the European gypsy moth Lymantria dispar dispar race Europe; and Lymantria dispar japonica the Japanese gypsy moth. All are Exotic (absent from Australia) and classed as High Impact Pest Species.