Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus, 1758)Non-native  -  Invasive  Synonyms: Hodges #8318.

Status:

Introduced from Eurasia around 1869 and rapidly spreading. A significant threat to hardwoods.

"Etienne Leopold Trouvelot, an amateur entomologist, brought Gypsy Moths into the United States to see if they could be successfully reared for silk culture. Around 1869 some of Trouvelot's charges escaped from his home near Boston. Realizing the potential magnitude of the problem, he reported the escape but no action was taken until the infestation grew serious several years later." (BugGuide.net)

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Host plants include over 500 plant species including Blue Huckleberry (Database of World's Lepidopteran Host Plants).

There are 84 records in the project database.

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A Gypsy Moth in Cecil Co., Maryland (7/11/2015). Verified by Roger Downer/BAMONA. Photo by Shannon Schade. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth in Harford Co., Maryland (7/14/2018). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A male Gypsy Moth in Allegany Co., Maryland (7/21/2015). Photo by Kimberly Booth. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/12/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

Gypsy Moth in Harford Co., Maryland (7/2/2014). Photo by Dave Webb. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/12/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/14/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/14/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/14/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth in Washington Co., Maryland (7/18/2017). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A female Gypsy Moth in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/22/2014). Photo by Matt Tillett. (MBP list)

A male Gypsy Moth in Prince George's Co., Maryland. Photo by Bob Patterson. (MBP list)

A male Gypsy Moth in Howard Co., Maryland (7//2002). Photo by Larry Line. (MBP list)

A male Gypsy Moth in Howard Co., Maryland (7/9/2003). Photo by Larry Line. (MBP list)

A male Gypsy Moth collected in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/21/2001). Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth caterpillar in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/12/2019). Photo by Emilio Concari. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth caterpillar in Worcester Co., Maryland (5/30/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth caterpillar in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/11/2006). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth caterpillar in Garrett Co., Maryland (6/22/2019). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A male Gypsy Moth collected in a baited trap in Baltimore Co., Maryland (9/25/2018). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth caterpillar in Worcester Co., Maryland (6/4/2013). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

Gypsy Moth cocoons in Howard Co., Maryland (2/21/2018). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth egg mass in Prince George's Co., Maryland (7/17/2015). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth egg mass in Howard Co., Maryland (7/25/2014). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth egg mass in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (11/17/2015). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth pupae & egg mass in Frederick Co., Maryland (9/30/2007). Photo by Janice Browne. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth pupa in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/4/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

A Gypsy Moth pupa in Worcester Co., Maryland (7/4/2014). Photo by Scott Housten. (MBP list)

Gypsy Moth in Washington Co., Maryland (11/25/2018). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)


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