Submitted to: Entomological News
Publication Type: Peer reviewed journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/26/2004
Publication Date: 3/29/2006
Citation: Schaefer, P.W., Tosio, K., Hideho, H. 2006. First record of Lymantria (Spinotria) Grisescens Bantaizana Matsumura (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae)on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. Entomological News. 117 (1): 115-116. Interpretive Summary: There are many moths closely related to the gypsy moths in the Far East. Most of these are poorly known. In 1999, ARS, Canadian and Japanese scientists began work on one of these moths, Lymantria bantaizana, with an aim to identify the moth's sex pheromone. Having successfully completed this, they now have trap lures available which are specific for this species. In August 2002, synthetic lure baited traps were hung in the experimental forest of the Hokkaido Forestry Research Institute, Bibai. To their surprise, four males were attracted to these traps. These captured specimens confirm the presence of L. bantaizana on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, for the first time. Previously it had only been recorded on Honshu, Japan, and in Korea and China.
Technical Abstract: We record Lymantria bantaizana on Hokkaido, Japan, for the first time. This is based on capture of four males (August 10-15, 2002) in sticky traps hung in close proximity to Juglans sieboldiana Maxim. trees in the experimental forest at Hokkaido Forestry Research Institute, Bibai, and baited with our newly synthesized sex pheromone for L. bantaizana.