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Gypsy Moth In North America


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Evaluation of Forest Susceptibility to the Gypsy Moth across the Coterminous United States

Table 2

Top 20 preferred tree species in the sample area ranked on total basal area. Here are maps showing the distribution (ba/ac) of the 20 most common gypsy moth host trees.

Common Name Genus Species Total BA (100,000,000 ft2/ac)
white oak Quercus alba 14.3
sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua 11.6
quaking aspen Populus tremuloides 10.1
northern red oak Quercus rubra 9.62
black oak Quercus velutina 7.31
chestnut oak Quercus prinus 6.84
post oak Quercus stellata 5.47
water oak Quercus nigra 4.34
paper birch Betula papyrifera 3.81
southern red oak Quercus falcata 3.75
scarlet oak Quercus coccinea 3.31
American basswood Tilia americana 2.41
western larch Larix occidentalis 2.4
laurel oak Quercus laurifolia 1.94
bigtooth aspen Populus grandidentata 1.9
tanoak Lithocarpus densiflorus 1.64
willow oak Quercus phellos 1.49
California red oak Quercus kelloggii 1.45
eastern hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana 1.26
canyon live oak Quercus chrysolepis 1.14

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