No, it is native to Australia. It was found in California in 2007, and resides in 17 counties within California. The method of import is thought to have occurred through plant product imports. It has been in Hawaii, however, since the 1800s.
Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) was actually found in July 2006 by Jerry Powell, the retired UC Berkeley Entomologist in his back yard. 2007 was the year the DNA testing was done to confirm it.
Based on how widespread the moth was and its massive population once noticed, it was recognized that it had been here for many decades. LBAM is barely a quarter inch and it cannot be distinguished for certain from other native moths within its same family without DNA testing, etc.
Only the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the USDA like to pretend it “Just arrived” when the DNA test was complete, because that gives the sense of “Emergency” thinking it just arrived. CDFA can draw more emergency funding (your money) every year than their entire annual budget if they can sell the “Emergency.”
Download the recent Environmental Impact Report on LBAM and you will see that in Chapter #3, page 3-20 and 3-21 CDFA admits that LBAM HAS DONE NO DAMAGE IN CALIFORNIA.
Judges may ultimately evaluate the Environmental Impact Report, so the truth of “NO DAMAGE” was strategically stated, but hidden within 1500 pages of the Environmental Impact Report. But the CDFA and the USDA have no such restrictions in their continued delivery of false and misleading information to the media.
CDFA taking 100s of Millions of dollars of the public’s funds each year and ultimately $Billions of dollars over the life of this false program is worse than when Europeans took South American resources from the natives pretending to protect them from an eclipse of the sun. Because this program, if not stopped, will poison millions of children with pesticides applied directly into the communities where they live. And not for a real reason, but just for money for the budget of CDFA and of course for service and pesticide contracts distributed by CDFA to their privileged insider chemical company cronies.
It is unfortunate that people can witness so much insider government crime when they watch it on the history channel, but these same people have such a hard time recognizing the crimes of the CDFA that are happening right now and to their own children.
The Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) is native to Australia. It was first detected in California in 2006 by a retired university scientist and confirmed by agriculture officials in early 2007. LBAM is a pest of concern because it feeds on and damages a wide variety of plants, including those found your backyard garden and agricultural produce.
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