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Browntail Moth

Mass of Browntail Moth
Milan Zubrik, Forest Research Institute - Slovakia,
Mass of Browntail Moth

The browntail moth, Euproctis chrysorrhoea, is a non-native invasive pest of forested and urban landscapes along the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine.  The larvae cause significant and at times complete defoliation in infested areas and severe rashes and breathing problems in people who have come in contact with larval hairs. Northern Research Station scientists are developing a baculovirus for control of the browntailed moth. The virus is very host specific.

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