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Dendrolimus superans
(hemlock caterpillar, Japanese)



Dendrolimus superans (hemlock caterpillar, Japanese)


  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Dendrolimus superans
  • Preferred Common Name
  • hemlock caterpillar, Japanese
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Dendrolimus superans (Butler)

Preferred Common Name

  • hemlock caterpillar, Japanese

Other Scientific Names

  • Dendrolimus albolineatus Matsumura
  • Dendrolimus jezoensis Matsumura
  • Odonestis superans Butler

International Common Names

  • English: larch caterpillar; Siberian spinning moth
  • French: feuille-morte de tsuga du Japon

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Spinner, Japanischer Douglasien-
  • Japan: Tuga-kareha

EPPO code

  • DENDSU (Dendrolimus superans)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Lasiocampidae
  •                             Genus: Dendrolimus
  •                                 Species: Dendrolimus superans

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


ChinaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-HeilongjiangPresentCABI (Undated a)
-Inner MongoliaPresentSchmutzenhofer et al. (1996)
-JilinPresentSchmutzenhofer et al. (1996)
-LiaoningPresentSchmutzenhofer et al. (1996)
JapanPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020); CABI (Undated)
-HokkaidoPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020); CABI (Undated)
-HonshuPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
South KoreaPresentEPPO (2020)


RussiaPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020); CABI (Undated)
-Russian Far EastPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)

Habitat List

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Leaves / external feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Bacillus thuringiensis Pathogen Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. dendrolimus Pathogen Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen Larvae
Beauveria bassiana Pathogen Larvae
Blepharipa sericariae Parasite Larvae
Blondelia nigripes Parasite Larvae
Compsilura concinnata Parasite Larvae
Cotesia ordinaria Parasite Larvae
Masicera sphingivora Parasite Larvae
Ooencyrtus pinicola Parasite
Rogas dendrolimi Parasite Larvae
Sarcophaga harpax Parasite
Telenomus gracilis Parasite
Trichogramma dendrolimi Parasite Eggs

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