Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey

Early detection of exotic plant pests, diseases, and weeds

The Massachusetts Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program conducts science-based state and national surveys targeting exotic plant pests, diseases, and weeds identified as threats to U.S. agriculture and/or the environment. These activities are accomplished under USDA funding that is provided through cooperative agreements with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). Surveys conducted through the CAPS Program represent a second line of defense against the entry of harmful plant pests and weeds. The mission of the CAPS program is to provide information about exotic plant pests of regulatory significance in the United States through early detection and surveillance.

2020 CAPS survey list:

Nursery and Retail Plants Survey

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Anoplophora glabripennis

Citrus Longhorned Beetle

Anoplophora chinensis

Japanese Oak Wilt

Raffaelea quercivora

Spotted lanternfly

Lycorma delicatula

Mile-a-minute vine

Polygonum perfoliatum


Forest Pest Survey

Pear leaf blister moth

Leucoptera malifoliella

Oak processionary moth

Thaumetopoea processionea

Oak ambrosia Beetle

Platypus quercivorus

Velvet Longhorned Beetle

Trichoferus campestris


2020 PPA 7721 Survey List:

Orchard Survey

Summer Fruit Tortrix Moth

Adoxophyes orana

European Grapevine Moth

Lobesia botrana

Light Brown Apple Moth

Epiphyas postvittana

Pear Leaf Blister Moth

Leucoptera malifoliella

Velvet Longhorned Beetle

Trichoferus campestris

Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma; APP

Candidatus Phytoplasma mali 16SrX-A

Spotted Lanternfly

Lycorma delicatula


Phytophthora ramorum Survey

Sudden Oak Death

Phytophthora ramorum


Results of 2020 Surveys: None of the above pests or pathogens were found.

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