Lymantria Dispar Dispar

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Gypsy Moth

First introduced into Boston, Massachusetts in 1869 and now spread into the whole northeastern portion of the United States.

Physical characteristics

Females can't fly. They are also larger about two and a half inches long. They have yellowish-white wings with dark wavy lines and dots. They are very hairy and they have a thread-like antenna.

Males are about 3/4 inch and plain brownish gray they have large antennas.


Favorite trees and shrubs mostly Oaks, Basswood, Birch, Sweet gum, Willows, and Witch Hazel Hickories, Maples, Black Cherry, American Elm, Sassafras, Hornbeam, and Eastern White Pine.


The moths eat the tree leaving it bare and not only killing the tree but also hurting other organisms that use the tree for food and shelter


While the moth has many predators like Birds, Frogs, Toads, Skunks, Raccoons, Foxes, Turtles, Snakes, Beetles, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Bats, Shrews, and Lizards. The Eradication and Slow the Spread are steps being taking to control the population by the US Forest Service.

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