Non-native satin moths impacting aspen foliage in Lake Tahoe

(LAKE TAHOE, NV) In the mountains east of Lake Tahoe, visitors may notice that aspen trees have been defoliated due to an influx of invasive white satin moths (Leucoma salicis). The white satin moth is a non-native defoliator of aspen, cottonwoods, willows and other deciduous species. Continued defoliation can threaten aspen stands, which provide important habitat for a variety of native species.