EAB has NOT been detected in North Dakota.
Unfortunately, it is believed that EAB may reach the state in the coming years.

More about Emerald Ash Borer

The spongy moth (Lymantria dispar) was brought to the U.S. in 1869 to experiment with silk production. Populations soon established and the pest has been expanding in distribution since. Adult females are not able to fly. Spongy moth larvae spin a thread of silk and disperse in the wind. It is estimated that this natural spread would be about 2 miles per year. The actual rate of spread has been much greater due to human aid, primarily by movement of nursery stock and automobiles.

Gypsy moth eggs Gypsy moth larva Gypsy Moth Adults
Egg Masses:Pennsylvania Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources
- Forestry Archive
Larva: Bill McNee, Wisconsin
Dept of Natural Resources
Adult male and female: John H. Ghent,
USDA Forest Service

No spongy moths were captured in traps in North Dakota in 2005-2013.  In the past several years, infestations have been found in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, more recently large numbers of moths have been caught in the arrowhead region. Steps are being taken to slow spongy moth spread.  Trees, Christmas trees, shrubs and logs from quarantined areas must be certified before movement.  State and federal agencies use pheromone traps to detect outlying populations.  Eradication measures are taken if outlying sites are determined to have established spongy moth populations.  Since 1993, officials have implemented a “Slow the Spread” program that uses intensive sampling and precise population control techniques.  The program is concentrated on a 100 mile wide band bordering the generally infested area.  The rate of spread has been about half as fast since implementation of the program.  This program has been implemented in the arrowhead region of Minnesota since 2003.

Spongy moths feed on a wide range of trees and shrubs and could be transported on any nursery stock or Christmas trees brought into the state from quarantined areas.  Closely inspect and monitor stock received from these areas and ensure shipments are accompanied by a federal certificate or stamp demonstrating compliance.


Spongy Moth
Spongy Moth in North America
Slow the Spread of the Spongy Moth
ND Invasives: Spongy Moth

Japanese Beetle

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) was first discovered in the United States in New Jersey in 1916. A native of Japan, the beetle occurs in all states east of the Mississippi River. Japanese beetles attack a broad range of host material including nearly 300 species of plants. The adult beetle will feed on field crops, ornamentals, trees, shrubs and garden plants, severely defoliating and skeletonizing the host plants. The larvae will feed on the roots of turf grasses and field crops (especially corn and soybeans) as well as organic matter in the soil, severely damaging golf courses, lawns and pastures. The Japanese beetle is a highly destructive plant pest that can be very difficult and expensive to control.

Japanese beetle adults are about ½ inch long with the male slightly smaller than the female. The insects are metallic green in color with bronze wing covers called elytra. Adults begin to emerge mid-June with peak emergence occurring approximately 3 to 4 weeks after initial emergence. The female beetle will burrow into the soil during the day to lay eggs, laying up to 60 eggs in her 2 month lifespan. Eggs will hatch in about two weeks. Larvae, which are about 1 inch long and cream colored with a brown head, will live in the soil, feeding on plant roots. The insect will overwinter as third instar larvae below the frost line and will pupate and emerge the following spring.

Related Resources

Japanese Beetle 2022 Survey Report

SWD Ohio SWD Washington SWD
Photo by: Gevork Arakelian, Ph.D.
Los Angeles County, Department
of Agricultural Commissioner/Weights
and Measures
Photo by: Elizabeth Beers,
Washington State University
Photo by: Hannah Burrack, North
Carolina State University

Spotted wing drosophila, a major fruit pest introduced from southeast Asia, has been discovered in North Dakota for the first time in 2013. Adult specimens were submitted to the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Lab from Carrington in Foster County and positively identified as SWD.

SWD was first detected in the continental U.S. in California in 2008 and has since spread to other fruit-producing regions of the country. SWD pierces seemingly healthy fruit, and lays its eggs. The eggs hatch in about 3 days and the larvae feed on the fruit. Early detection by gardeners and growers is critical because symptoms often do not appear until after the fruit is harvested and in the hands of the consumer. Commonly confused with the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, SWD differs as it attacks unripe to ripe fruit, whereas the common fruit fly feeds on overripe and rotting fruit. SWD most commonly affects raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, honeyberries, grapes, hardy kiwi, cherries, plums, and peaches.

Treatments are available for SWD if detected early. Different chemical classes must be rotated, as the insect is capable of many generations in one growing season and may develop resistance.

It is impossible to identify SWD without adult specimens. If you believe you have found SWD, samples should be submitted to the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Plant Diagnostic Lab,

For more information and photos or how to create your own trap, visit these links.



Pest Survey and Outreach Contacts

Pest Survey and Outreach Contacts

Charles Elhard
Plant Protection Officer

(701) 220-0485