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Gypsy moth
Lymantria dispar

  • Chew needles and can occasionally defoliate conifers, particularly when small and adjacent to preferred hosts, such as aspen and oak
  • Mature larvae are 2 inches long; upper side has five pairs of blue dots near front of body followed by six pairs of red dots down the back
  • Damage occurs in June and July
  • Is currently a federally quarantined pest in Minnesota; not established in Minnesota; if found, call Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture at 651-201-6684 or 1-888-545-6684
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