Exotic Pest Reporting
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry Archive, , Bugwood.org
Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar ) is an insect pest of hundreds of species. It is a native of Europe and Asia and was first detected in Boston, Massachusetts in 1868-1869.
This generalist feeder was brought to the U.S. by E. Leopold Trouvelot with the hope of breeding an improved silk moth but escaped moths proved to be highly invasive with no natural predators or diseases to check their populations. The US Forest Service 'Slow the Spread' program has done just that. Gypsy Moth is just one of many forest pests that are moved to un-infested forests by humans moving firewood. Help to protect our forests: don't move firewood!
Visit the Gypsy Moth program page for more information about this pest.
08/15/2014 - Kansas, Missouri on Watch for Invasive Pests
06/02/2014 - APHIS Modifies Gypsy Moth Regulatory Policy for Logs
01/27/2014 - Invasive pests attacking Md. forests
12/19/2013 - Purdue Tree Doctor available for Android and iPhones
11/13/2013 - Hunters Reminded to Buy Local Firewood
11/08/2013 - Gypsy moth - Invasive species: Minnesota DNR
11/08/2013 - Gypsy Moth Entomology -Penn State University
07/02/2013 - European Gypsy Moths Threaten Area Oak Trees
06/14/2013 - ODA Ready To Set The Trap For Invasive Insect Pests
05/21/2013 - Keep Hungry Pests at Home this Summer
05/06/2013 - Bugs - This Years Good and Bad News
03/01/2013 - Gypsy Moth Problem Beginning To Resolve Itself
03/01/2013 - Why Gypsy Moths Prefer Oak Trees Over Maple
03/01/2013 - WVDA Proposes Gypsy Moth Treatments
02/27/2013 - City Hopes to Nix These Gypsies
01/11/2013 - Gypsy Moth Harms Forest Carbon Sink
01/07/2013 - 2012 Tennessee Cooperative Gypsy Moth Program Report
01/07/2013 - Four Pests Make Trip Along with Firewood
01/02/2013 - Forest Service Study Finds Fewer Pests