Forecasting invasive insect threats in Minnesota

photograph of an asian longhorned beetle

Asian longhorned beetle

Image credit: David J. Barber, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons



This project used machine-learning techniques to develop maps that describe where the climate in Minnesota might be most welcoming for nine priority terrestrial invasive insect species: 

  • Soybean aphid (Aphis glycines)
  • Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis
  • European grape berry moth (Eupoecilia ambiguella
  • Old world bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera
  • Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila sukukii
  • Egyptian cottonworm (Spodoptera littoralis
  • Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio
  • Spongy moth, European (Lymantria dispar dispar)
  • Spongy moth, Asian (Lymantria dispar asiatica)

These maps will serve as a foundation for future efforts to quantify potential economic and ecological impacts of invasive species in our region, and help experts direct management priorities on the ground. 


Research team

Amy Morey | principal investigator


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