Gypsy Moth

The gypsy moth* is an important defoliator of trees. Originally from Europe, it was introduced in the late 1800s. Gypsy moth caterpillars feed on hundreds of tree species but tend to prefer oaks, especially white and chestnut oak on ridgetops.

*Current quarantines exist in Virginia, read more about quarantines.

Virginia participates in the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread (STS) Foundation. STS is an important program that works to minimize the movement of this pest into uninfested areas. Learn about the Gypsy Moth Slow-the-Spread Program.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services operates a suppression program. Learn about the Gypsy Moth Suppression Program.

 

* As of July, 2021, the Entomological Society of America no longer recognizes the common name gypsy moth for Lymantria dispar. Our website will be updated with the new common name after it is selected.

Additional Resources

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Gypsy Moth Management for Homeowners on Small Properties
Gypsy Moth Management for Homeowners on Small Properties

This factsheet details the life cycle and biology of the gypsy moth.

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Virginia Cooperative Gypsy Moth Suppression Program
Virginia Cooperative Gypsy Moth Suppression Program

Publication provides information on the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Program.

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