Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

“The gypsy moth, native to Europe and Asia, is an invasive moth that defoliates hundreds of acres of forests from New England west to Michigan and south to Virginia, and also on the west coast from California to British Columbia. It was introduced to the United States in 1869 when French artist, astronomer, and amateur entomologist Leopold Trouvelot imported some eggs of this species to Medford, Massachusetts, with the idea of breeding a silk-spinning caterpillar that was more resistant to disease than the domesticated silkworm. Unfortunately, the caterpillars escaped into his backyard. About 10 years later, they began to appear in large swarms, and by the late 1880s they were causing severe defoliation in the area.” To read more click here

7 thoughts on “Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

  1. It’s always amazing how much damage such small insects
    can do when in large numbers.
    The emerald ash borer has just made its way into Nebraska.
    We are treating our tree and hope to save it from the scourge.

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  2. We had huge issues with them in the mountains here maybe 10 years ago. Then the state started spraying, cos they had cleared leaves off whole big areas. Your picture is great.

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