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Identifying the light-brown apple moth & other pests from the genus Epiphyas

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Epiphyas postvittana The light-brown apple moth (LBAM)

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Epiphyas postvittana The light-brown apple moth (LBAM)

Polyphagous larvae (Powell, 1980): 3+ plant families, 2+ plant orders

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Epiphyas postvittana The light-brown apple moth (LBAM)

Polyphagous larvae (Powell, 1980): 3+ plant families, 2+ plant orders LBAM (O/S): 120+ families, 30+ orders biosecurity built on science


Spot the light-brown apple moth

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Confirmed LBAM from the UK

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CLIMEX model (LBAM)

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Epiphyas within Australia

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Epiphyas within Australia

EI > 10 = Most of the genus (40+ spp.) EI > 30 = All pest taxa biosecurity built on science


The pest Epiphyas spp. co-occur

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Biosecurity Question Can the pest Epiphyas taxa be reliably identified?

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COI (mtDNA): pest clade

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Steps to identification

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Summary More information = More reliable ID Adult morphology  species group Pest lineages  DNA sequences Sequence database  still limited

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Identifying the light-brown apple moth and other pests from the genus Epiphyas