exotic pests

The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a national pest detection program funded through a cooperative agreement between the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS). The goal of the program is to provide an early warning system for pest detection and response that is critical for safeguarding our nation's agricultural and natural resources. Typical surveys target exotic and invasive pests and pests of export significance.

State cooperators (including personnel in the State Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources agencies, the University of Maine, and Cooperative Extension) and USDA personnel conduct pest surveys throughout the State of Maine.  Data collected from these surveys are organized and stored in the National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) database, which is accessible to the public and provides a wealth of information on exotic pests and pests of export significance.

Survey activities in Maine for 2015 will focus on the following:

Survey Common Name Scientific Name
Exotic Berry Pest SurveyEuropean Grapevine MothLobesia botrana
Exotic Berry Pest SurveyLight Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
Exotic Berry Pest Survey Pear Leaf Blister MothLeucoptera malifoliella
Exotic Berry Pest SurveySpotted Wing DrosophilaDrosophila suzukii
Exotic Berry Pest SurveySummer Fruit Tortrix MothAdoxophyes orana
Exotic Berry Pest SurveyZaprionus Fig FlyZaprionus indianus
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyNorthern Corn Leaf BlightExserohilum turcicum
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyCotton CutwormSpodoptera litura
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyEgyptian CottonwormSpodoptera littoralis
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyFalse Codling MothThaumatotibia leucotreta
Exotic Corn Pest SurveyOld World BollwormHelicoverpa armigera
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveyVariegated Golden Tortrix MothArchips xylosteanus
Exotic Nursery Pest Survey Green Oak Tortrix MothTortrix viridana
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveyRosy MothLymantria mathura
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveyCity Longhorned BeetleAeolesthes sarta
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveyAsian Longhorned BeetleAnoplophora glabripennis
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveyEmerald Ash BorerAgrilus planipennis
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveyGoldspotted Oak BorerAgrilus auroguttatus
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveyOak Splendour BeetleAgrilus biguttatus
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveySakhalin Pine SawyerMonochamus saltuarius
Exotic Nursery Pest SurveySmall White-Marmorated Longhorned BeetleMonochamus sutor

To read more about the national CAPS program, please visit the USDA-APHIS site.

Updated: February 19, 2015