Friday, June 19, 2015

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar

"Lymantria dispar MHNT Chenille" by Didier Descouens - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

About This Insect

Scientific Name: Lymantria dispar
Food: just about anything
What does it turn into?  See it here
Does it sting? No.
Will it destroy my garden? Yes, and your trees as well. Its appearance is a genuine emergency and you should report finding these caterpillars to the nearest museum or university. Since its importation from Europe in the mid-19th century, this species has been the most destructive forest pest in North America.

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