Gypsy Moth

Scientific name : Lymantria Dispar Linnaeus ( Itis )

Physical Features

Male Gypsy

-Light and Dark brown wings with dark bands

Female Gypsy

-White wings with dark bands

Gypsy wing span Female 15-35 mm long, Male

37-62 mm long

Where Did It First Appear ?

Gypsy moth originated from Europe and Asia

Gypsy moth can be found throughout southern Canada, across the Eastren and Central U.S

First Offence / Known Accomplices

1868 - 1869 the moth was accidentally introduced near Boston, MA by E.Leopol Trouvelot and has spread out through out north america

Crime Committed

  • The Larva or Caterpillar is the damaging stages as it eats the leave of trees in the spring
  • Gypsy moth eats leaves from trees, they depend on the tree and where the tree is located
  • Gypsy moths population can also get diseases like wilt disease, whlah kills larva & pupae
  • Gypsy moths has destroyed 30 million hectares since 1970

Attempts At Capture

Sticky tree bands can be places around tree trunk to help curtail the caterpillars, and apply "thuringiens" to the leafs of the tree to kill the gypsy moth caterpillars


  • They are voracious eaters and can be completely defoliate entire trees
  • repeated defoliation can lead to the death of many trees, charging the mix of tree species and affecting dependent wild life.
  • tree loss can impact forest and related industries

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