Oak, Garry (Quercus)-Western oak looper

Lambdina fiscellaria somniaria

Pest description and crop damage The adult moth is yellowish to dark brown. Mature larvae of the western oak looper are about 1 inch long and light brown with black spots when mature. They move in a characteristic "looping" or measuring-worm fashion. The western oak looper feeds mainly on the foliage of the Oregon white (or Garry) oak (Quercus garryana). It is probably the most damaging insect on white oak from Oregon north to British Columbia. In some years, oaks over large areas in the Willamette Valley are defoliated. The damage is temporary, since the trees leaf out the next year, and outbreaks are not sustained.

Management-chemical control


Apply sprays in July or early August when larvae are feeding.