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Subject: Pryeria sinica Moore (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae) reported for the first time in the United States
Date posted: July 14, 2003
Source: Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey
A homeowner in Fairfax, Virginia (Fairfax County) observed a large infestation of larvae on her ornamental Euonymus (Celastraceae) in April and May of 2001 and 2002. The larvae were significantly defoliating the plants. Several larval specimens were sent to the Insect Identification Laboratory, Virginia Tech University where the larvae were reared to adults and sent to the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory for identification. Specimens were identified as Pryeria sinica Moore, a moth that occurs in Asia and was previously not known to occur in the United States. Pryeria sinica has been reported to feed upon two genera within the plant family Celastraceae, Celastrus and Euonymus, and is not reported to be a pest in other countries. More recently, specimens of P. sinica have been found defoliating Euonymus in Glen Burnie, Maryland (Anne Arundel County).

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