The box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis, is a pest of boxwood (Buxus spp.) originating from East Asia. Since 2007, it has invaded Europe and the Caucasus, causing severe damage to planted and wild Buxus species, in particular the European boxwood Buxus sempervirens. In 2018, it was found in Toronto. In Europe, boxwood is quickly disappearing from private gardens, parks and forests, causing serious concern for the ecological survival of the tree species.
In this presentation, the speaker will share the European perspective on the insect - its impact, identification, biology and management.