In 2001 and 2002 caterpillars and pupa were collected from Euonymus japonicus (Celastraceae) in Fairfax Co. Virginia. Adults reared from these were identified as Pryeria sinica Moore (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae), a new North American record. Currently P. sinica is found in two sites 1.5 miles apart in Virginia and locations in Maryland. Visits to the site of the first record produced photographs of the damage and the larvae. A preliminary insecticide trial indicates that both spinosyn and acephate provide control. Preserved specimens will be displayed with the poster at scheduled times.
Species 1: Lepidoptera Zygaenidae Pryeria sinica
Keywords: Euonymus, New Introduction