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International Non-native Insect Establishment Data

  • 1. Scion
  • 2. SESYNC
  • 3. USDA Forest Service
  • 1. University of the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
  • 2. Research Center for Agricultural Information Technology, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 3. Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 4. Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Praha, Czech Republic
  • 5. INRAE, UR 0633, Zoologie Forestière, Orléans, France
  • 6. Canadian Forest Service, Québec, QC, Canada
  • 7. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, York, YO41 1LZ UK


These data list individual non-native insect species established in nine regions around the globe (New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Ogasawara, Europe, Great Britain, North America (north of Mexico), Hawaii and Galapagos). Taxonomic attributes and occurrences for each taxa are included. Intentionally introduced species have not been comprehensively included, but where they have been included they are indicated in the intentional_release column. There are also a few records of species temporarily established but which have since been eradicated (indicated in the “eradicated” column).  Europe means geographical Europe including European Russia and Great Britain, while Great Britain may include some species established from continental Europe.

This dataset was assembled from various sources by an interdisciplinary scientific working group funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center - see Also, see the main source references in the References metadata section for this publication.

Data have been cleaned of most typographic and taxonomic errors using the code in the R package insectcleanr: Initial release (DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4555787), which is based on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) taxonomic backbone (GBIF Secretariat (2021). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2021-04-09).

DISCLAIMER:  This dataset is provisional.  Although these data have been subjected to review and the dataset is substantially complete, the authors reserve the right to revise the data pursuant to further analysis and review.  There may be remaining errors, and additions and removals of data in future updates may occur. Neither the University of Maryland, U.S. Government, Scion, nor any of their employees, contractors, or subcontractors, make any warranty, express or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, nor represent that its use would not infringe on privately owned rights.


This work was supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) under funding received from the National Science Foundation DBI-1639145.



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