Western Australian Organism List

The Western Australian Organism List (WAOL) database allows you to search for organisms declared under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act). It is not a complete list of all organisms in Western Australia or their attributes. Use the database to find the legal status of organisms, control requirements, declared pest species and more.

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A total of 1712 results were found at 23:33 on 28th February 2021 when searching for Insecta.


  • Urnisa guttulosa (Walker, 1870) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Blepomma levior Brancsik, 1897, Epacromia grata Walker, 1870, Epacromia turbida Walker, 1870, Oedipoda guttulosa Walker, 1870, Urnisa dorsalis Sjöstedt, 1921. Common name: sand grasshopper.
  • Uroleucon (Lambersius) erigeronense (Thomas, 1878) 
    Family: Aphididae

    Synonym: Siphonophora erigeronense Thomas, 1878.
  • Uroleucon (Uroleucon) sonchi (Linnaeus, 1767) 
    Family: Aphididae

    Synonym: Aphis sonchi Linnaeus, 1767. Common name: Brown sowthistle aphid.
  • Urophora stylata (Fabricius, 1775) 
    Family: Tephritidae

    Synonym: Musca stylata Fabricius, 1775. Common name: spear thistle gall fly.
  • Urophorus humeralis (Fabricius, 1758) 
    Family: Nitidulidae

    Common name: Dried fruit beetle.
  • Utetheisa pulchelloides Hampson, 1907 
    Family: Erebidae

    Synonyms: Utetheisa aphanis Jordan, 1939, Utetheisa darwini Jordan, 1939, Utetheisa dorsifusa AE Prout, 1920, Utetheisa marshallorum Rothschild, 1910, Utetheisa papuana Jordan, 1939, Utetheisa pulchelloides papuana Strand, 1919, Utetheisa tenuella Seitz, 1910, Utetheisa umata Jordan, 1939, Utetheisa vaga.... Common name: Heliotrope moth.
  • Valanga irregularis (Walker, 1870) 
    Family: Acrididae

    Synonyms: Acridium multicollis Walker, 1870, Cyrtacanthacris irregularis Walker, 1870, Valanga elegans Uvarov, 1923. Common names: Giant valanga, Giant grasshopper.
  • Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758) 
    Family: Nymphalidae

    Synonym: Papilio cardui Linnaeus, 1758. Common name: painted lady butterfly.
  • Vanessa itea (Fabricicus, 1775) 
    Family: Nymphalidae

    Synonym: Papilio itea Fabricius, 1775. Common names: Yellow Admiral, Australian admiral.
  • Vanessa kershawi (McCoy, 1868) 
    Family: Nymphalidae

    Synonyms: Cynthia cardui austral Meredith, 1891, Cynthia kershawi, McCoy, 1868, Pyrameis cardui suffusa Olliff, 1888, Pyrameis lucasii Miskin, 1889. Common name: Australian painted lady butterfly.
  • Vindula arsinoe (Cramer, 1777) 
    Family: Nymphalidae

    Synonyms: Papilio arsinoe Cramer, 1777, Vindula arsinoe arsinoe (Cramer, 1777). Common name: Cruiser.
  • Vindula arsinoe ada (M.R. Butler, 1874) 
    Family: Nymphalidae

    Synonyms: Cynthia ada Butler, 1874, Cynthia arsinoe dampierensis Rothschild, 1915, Cynthia arsinoe pisidike Fruhstorfer, 1903, Cynthia arsinoe polykaste Fruhstorfer, 1903, Cynthia arsinoe rebeli Fruhstorfer, 1906. Common name: Cruiser.
  • Vryburgia amaryllidis (Bouché, 1837) 
    Family: Pseudococcidae

    Synonyms: Chorizococcus microporus McKenzie, 1960, Coccus amaryllidis Bouché, 1837, Pseudococcus (Trionymus) peregrinus Green, 1925, Pseudococcus lounsburyi Brain, 1912, Trionymus crini Hall, 1923. Common names: Succulent mealybug, Lily bulb mealybug.
  • Wahlgreniella nervata (Gillette, 1908) 
    Family: Aphididae

    Synonyms: Amphorophora halli Knowlton, 1927, Amphorophora janesi Knowlton, 1938, Amphorophora nervata (Gillette, 1908), Aulacorthum clavicornis Richards, 1972, Rhopalosiphoninus nervatus (Gillette, 1908), Rhopalosiphum nervatum Gillette, 1908. Common name: strawberry tree aphid.
  • Wheeleria spilodactylus (Curtis, 1827) 
    Family: Pterophoridae

    Synonyms: Aciptilus confusus Herrich-Schaffer, 1855, Perophorus spilodactylus Curtis, 1827. Common name: Horehound plume moth.
  • Wioletta ovata Tomaszewska & Ślipiński, 2012 
    Family: Coccinellidae

    Common name: native ladybird.
  • Xanthodes albago (Fabricius, 1794) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Noctua albago Fabricius, 1794, Phalaena malvae Esper, 1796, Xanthia imparata Walker, 1857, Xanthodes impellens Walker, 1858, Xanthodes inefficiens Walker, 1858, Xanthodes stramen Guenée, 1852.
  • Xanthodes congenita (Hampson, 1912) 
    Family: Noctuidae

    Synonyms: Acontia congenita Hampson, 1912, Acontia congenita obsoleta Strand, 1917, Acontia obsoleta Gaede, 1938. Common name: hairy leafeating caterpillar.
  • Xanthopimpla rhopaloceros Krieger, 1915 
    Family: Ichneumonidae

    Synonym: Xanthopimpla xanthopimploides (Girault, 1925).
  • Xenaleyrodes eucalypti (Dumbleton, 1956) 
    Family: Aleyrodidae

    Synonym: Neomaskellia eucalypti Dumbleton, 1956.

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BAM Act Definitions

Legal status

Each listed organism is declared under the Biosecurity Management act with certain legal requirements:

Declared Pest, Prohibited - s12

Prohibited organisms are declared pests by virtue of section 22(1), and may only be imported and kept subject to permits. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

Permitted - s11

Permitted organisms must satisfy any applicable import requirements when imported. They may be subject to an import permit if they are potential carriers of high-risk organisms.

Declared Pest - s22(2)

Declared pests must satisfy any applicable import requirements when imported, and may be subject to an import permit if they are potential carriers of high-risk organisms. They may also be subject to control and keeping requirements once within Western Australia.

Permitted, Requires Permit - r73

Regulation 73 permitted organisms may only be imported subject to an import permit. These organisms may be subject to restriction under legislation other than the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007. Permit conditions applicable to some species may only be appropriate or available to research organisations or similarly secure institutions.

Unlisted - s14

If you are considering importing an unlisted organism/s you will need to submit the name/s for assessment, as unlisted organisms are automatically prohibited entry into WA.

Control categories

Declared pests can be assigned to a C1, C2 or C3 control category under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013. Prohibited organisms can be assigned to a C1 or C2 control category, the control categories are:

C1 Exclusion

Organisms which should be excluded from part or all of Western Australia.

C2 Eradication

Organisms which should be eradicated from part or all of Western Australia.

C3 Management

Organisms that should have some form of management applied that will alleviate the harmful impact of the organism, reduce the numbers or distribution of the organism or prevent or contain the spread of the organism.


Unassigned: Declared pests that are recognised as having a harmful impact under certain circumstances, where their subsequent control requirements are determined by a Plan or other legislative arrangements under the Act.

Keeping categories

The Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Regulations 2013 (BAM Regs) specify prohibited and restricted keeping categories for the purposes of regulating organisms declared under the BAM Act. In regards to the purposes for which they can be kept, and the entities that can keep them for that purpose. A keeping permit is the administrative tool used to assign specific conditions to the keeping of an organism.

Prohibited keeping

Can only be kept under a permit for public display and education purposes, and/or genuine scientific research, by entities approved by the state authority.

Restricted keeping

Organisms which, relative to other species, have a low risk of becoming a problem for the environment, primary industry or public safety and can be kept under a permit by private individuals.

Exempt keeping

No permit or conditions are required for keeping. There may be other requirements under BAMA such as those required for entry of livestock, pigeons and doves, or waybill requirements for stock movement. An organism in the exempt keeping category may also be regulated by other legislation such as the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (WCA), administered by DPaW.

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If the species you are interested in is not listed on WAOL you may request to have it assessed. Please contact the Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS) on (08) 9368 3080 or email padis@dpird.wa.gov.au, and they will transfer you to the relevant person.