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Gypsy Moth In North America


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Gypsy Moth Natural Enemies - Invertebrates

Ants are probably the most important invertebrate predators of the gypsy moth. Their greatest impact appears to be on young larvae. Ground beetles (some are native and several are introduced) are common predators of late larvae and pupae. They are most common at high gypsy moth densities.

Generally invertebrate predators appear less important to the dynamics of gypsy moth populations than small mammals.

Ground beetle, Calosoma frigidum.

Black carpenter ant, Campontus pennsylvanicus.

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