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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  

Epiphyas is the largest genus of moths within the Australian Tortricinae (Family Tortricidae) and the only indigenous tortricine genus of ec...