United States
Department of

Forest Service

Northeastern Forest
Experiment Station

General Technical
Report NE-211

Suitability of North American Tree Species to the Gypsy Moth:

A Summary of Field and Laboratory Tests


The Authors






Table 1.--Description of suitability ranks summarized from the literature

Table 2.--Gypsy moth suitability rankings (see Table 1 for codes and references)

Table 3.--Index of common names of tree species

Table 4.--Taxonomic checklist of tree species, codes following species names describe continent of origin

Liebhold, Andrew M.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Muzika, Rose-Marie; Montgomery, Michael E.; Young, Regis; O'Day, Kathleen; Kelley, Brooks. 1995. Suitability of North American tree species to gypsy moth: a summary of field and laboratory tests. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE- . Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. P.

As the gypsy moth expands its range into new portions of the United States, there is a need to predict which tree species will be attacked by this defoliating insect. There have been several studies describing feeding preferences of the gypsy moth, but these results have not been summarized in a single list. We report and summarize all of the major tests of foliage suitability to gypsy moth for tree species found in the United States. Foliage suitability to gypsy moth is a trait that is correlated among closely related species. As a result, it is possible to extrapolate foliage suitability of North American tree species for which no screenings have been performed. A list of suitability is summarized as susceptible, resistant, or immune.

Keywords: Lymantria dispar, Lepidoptera, Lymantriidae, foliage, susceptibility

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