Box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis) is considered a high-consequence defoliating pest of boxwood, with other possible hosts. Box tree moth (BTM) is a Eurasian native moth. The larvae are voracious defoliators of Buxus.
The pest is established in western Europe, where it has been extremely damaging to boxwood in the landscape. Roughly two years ago, it was found in an urban Toronto neighborhood. In May 2021, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed the presence of box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis) in a St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada nursery. On May 26, USDA imposed a federal order prohibiting the importation of all Buxus, Ilex, and Euonymus spp.plants from anywhere in Canada until further notice.
This webinar will provide an overview on ongoing BTM research, an update on the APHIS eradication efforts, and will cover BTM biology, host range, eradication/mitigation options including trapping/lures and pesticide options.
- Welcome and Introductions
- Update on state of emergency response program
- An orientation to current/recently initiated research efforts
- Industry perspective and remarks on what’s been learned from our European colleagues
- Industry perspective from Canadian BTM task force