Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Alsophila pometaria
(fall cankerworm)



Alsophila pometaria (fall cankerworm)


  • Last modified
  • 18 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Alsophila pometaria
  • Preferred Common Name
  • fall cankerworm
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Alsophila pometaria (Harris)

Preferred Common Name

  • fall cankerworm

Other Scientific Names

  • Anisopterix pometaria
  • Anisopteryx pometaria

International Common Names

  • English: fall, cankerworm
  • French: arpenteuse d'automne

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Spanner, Nordamerikanischer Herbst-

EPPO code

  • ALSOPO (Alsophila pometaria)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Geometridae
  •                             Genus: Alsophila
  •                                 Species: Alsophila pometaria

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: 10 Jan 2020

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Bacillus thuringiensis
Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki Pathogen Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen Larvae
Ooencyrtus ennomophagus Parasite
Telenomus alsophilae Parasite
Trichogramma minutum Parasite Eggs

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