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CISR: Asian Long-horned Beetle

The Situation: An exotic long-horned beetle was first discovered attacking ornamental trees in New York City and Chicago. Detections of this pest have since been made in most states in the northeastern portion of the United States as well as in California beginning in 1996. Their route of entry into the USA appears to have...

CISR: The Light Brown Apple Moth

The Light Brown Apple Moth, The situation: Light brown apple moth (LBAM) is a tortricid leafroller approximately ¼ inch in length that roll leaves into shelters. LBAM is native to Australia and has established in New Zealand, Hawaii, Ireland, New Caledonia and Great Britain. In March 2007, the presence of LBAM was confirmed in California...

CISR: The Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter

The Situation: The glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS), likely introduced from the southeastern U.S. as eggs on nursery stock, was first observed in Orange and Ventura counties in California in 1989. It has a large plant-host range and is especially abundant on citrus. Damage: GWSS feeds on plants through straw-like mouthparts inserted into the xylem tissue which...

CISR: Blue Gum Galling Wasp

The Situation: Since 1850, eucalyptus trees of >90 species have been imported as seed from Australia into California for a wide range of ornamental and other uses. Eucalyptus are now an ubiquitous plant in urban areas in southern California, and these plants are becoming increasingly more common in California’s natural areas too where some species...

CISR: Asian Citrus Psyllid

The Situation: Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is an efficient vector of the bacterial citrus disease huanglongbing (HLB), previously called citrus greening disease, which is one of the most destructive diseases of citrus worldwide. In the United States, the psyllid vector is found in Florida, Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Cuba, Belize and the Yucatan peninsula...

CISR: Caulerpa taxifolia

The Situation: Caulerpa taxifoliais an invasive alga that is causing serious environmental problems in the Mediterranean Sea. This invasive weed was discovered in southern California and New South Wales, Australia in 2000. Caulerpa taxifolia was officially eradicated from southern California in 2006. Caulerpa taxifolia is native in tropical waters with populations naturally occurring in the...

CISR: New Zealand Mud Snail

The Situation: As the common name indicates, this invasive pest is native to New Zealand. New Zealand mud snail has had a long invasion history. It was first found in the United Kingdom in 1859, the western Baltic in Europe in 1887, the Mediterranean and eastern Europe were invaded in the 1950’s. The snail has...

CISR: Quagga & Zebra Mussles

The Situation: Quagga and zebra mussels are aquatic invasive species that are native to eastern Europe. The quagga mussel originated from Dnieper River drainage of Ukraine. The zebra mussel was first described from the lakes of southeast Russia and its natural distribution also includes the Black and Caspian Seas. Quagga and zebra mussels get their...

CISR: Tipu Psyllid

The Situation: The rosewood tree, Tipu, or “Pride of Bolivia”,Tipuana tipu (Fabaceae), is native to South America (South Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia) and is widely grown as a landscape ornamental and shade tree in southern California and elsewhere in the world (e.g., Egypt, Portugal, and Israel.) Tipu trees are popular because they are drought...

CISR: Bagrada Bug

The Situation: The Bagrada bug (also called painted or harlequin bug) was first found in June 2008 in Los Angeles Co. California, and is now widely distributed in LA and Orange Counties. Establishment of Bagrada bug in California is a new USA and Western Hemisphere record. Damage: Bagrada bug is a major pest of crop...
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