Virginia Invasive Species Council



























Species Profiles

Twelve invasive species


The following descriptions of 12 invasive species represent a diverse range of invasive organisms. It is important to note that these are in no way to be considered the priority species in Virginia, rather they were selected to describe the breadth of the issues. The species included in this list meet one or more of the following criteria:

Keep Out! Examples of invasive species not yet established in Virginia where prevention is the key strategy.

zebra mussel Zebra Mussel

Sirex Wood Wasp Sirex Wood Wasp

Rusty Crayfish Rusty Crayfish

Sudden Oak Death Sudden Oak Death/Ramorum Blight

Chinese Mitten Crab Chinese Mitten Crab


Arrived! These species have recently become established in Virginia.

Emerald Ash Borer Emerald Ash Borer

Chinese Mitten Crab Northern Snakehead Fish

Go Away! Examples of species that are established in Virginia where control and management are the key strategies.

Tree of Heaven Tree-of-heaven

Japanese Stilt Grass Japanese Stilt Grass

Rapa Whelk Rapa Whelk

Imported Fire Ant Imported Fire Ant

Phragmites Phragmites