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European Gypsy Moth - Pest Identification

EGM is a plain-looking insect that people would likely not notice if it were not for its caterpillar stage. A female moth lays a cluster of eggs (called an egg mass) on and near trees, and each egg mass can hatch up to a thousand tiny caterpillars with a ravenous appetite for leaves. They feed on over 300 species of trees and shrubs. The caterpillars feed for about six to eight weeks and then pupate in a protected area.  After approximately two weeks, adult gypsy moths emerge, mate, and females lay eggs.  After overwintering, the eggs hatch, and the cycle begins again.  Gypsy moths produce one generation per year.

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Females laying egg masses
Citation: Milan Pernek, Forestry Research Institute
Bugwood.org
 
   
 
1st instar larva emerging from egg mass
Citation: USDA FS Archive
 
   
 
Larva
Citation: John H. Ghent, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
 
   
 
Pupae
Citation: PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Forestry Archive, Bugwood.org
 
   
EGM Adult
Citation: Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org
AGM Adult
Citation: John H. Ghent, USDA Forest Service
   
 
Defoliated oak branch
Citation: Louis-Michel Nageleisen, Département de la Santé des Forêts, Bugwood.org
 
   
 
Defoliation
Citation: Haruta Ovidiu, University of Oradea, Bugwood.org
 

 



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