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Gypsy Moth

Gypsy moth larva
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Gypsy moth larva

The gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, causes widespread defoliation of forest trees in the eastern United States and is capable of outbreaks throughout the United States. The gypsy moth is known to feed on hundreds of North American plant species. Forest Service scientists study the basic biology of gypsy moths, evaluate the effectiveness of pathogens in regulating its populations, and optimize management tools for use in the gypsy moth slow-the-spread project.

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