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The Gypsy Moth is Here!

By PLC Stewardship Director Ken Bridle. Native to North Africa, Europe and Asia, but invasive here, the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, is one of the most destructive pests of hardwood forests in the eastern US. The gypsy moth originally escaped from a silkworm breeding operation in Medford, Massachusetts in 1869, and has since been spreading and causing infestations throughout the northeastern US, adjacent Canada and more recently the Midwest. That spreading invasion is now on our doorstep. Humans inadvertently aid in the spread of gypsy moths because female moths like to lay their eggs in sheltered places, not only the bottom of tree branches, but ...