Gypsy Moth In Virginia
gypsy moth caterpillar

gypsy moth larva

The gypsy moth is native to Europe and Asia but has become a major pest of hardwood forests in the eastern United States.

Natural spread first brought gypsy moths to northern Virginia around 1980 and populations now cover approximately two thirds of the state.

Biology

What do they look like? What trees will they eat? When are they active? Find out about the gypsy moth's daily life.

Gypsy moth is an outbreak pest. Population levels can remain low for several years before causing major problems. The last major outbreak was in 2001, when over 440,000 acres were defoliated in Virginia.

Management

There are several things homeowers can do to protect their trees and minimize the chance of spreading moths to new areas.

burlap banding of tree

burlap banding

 

What's Happening Now?

egg masses on tree

egg masses
Daniela Lupastean, University of Suceava, Bugwood.org

As summer winds down, female adults have laid egg masses on trees and other outdoor surfaces. Check any patio furniture or toys before winter storage.