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Tim Tigner, Virginia Department of Forestry,

Spongy Moth

Lymantria dispar dispar

Spongy Moth (Lymantria dispar dispar) is an insect pest of shrubbery and trees. It is a native of Europe and Asia and was first detected in Massachusetts in 1868-1869.

Caterpillars have voracious appetites for more than 300 species of trees and shrubs, posing a danger to North America's forests

For more information about this plant pest, see the CABI data sheet.
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