Big genome found in tiny forest defoliator

The European gypsy moth (EGM) is perhaps the country's most famous invasive insect—a nonnative species accidentally introduced to North America in the 1860s when a few escaped from a breeding experiment in suburban Boston. ...

For trees, carbs are key to surviving insect defoliation

A recent multi-year outbreak of an invasive moth killed thousands of acres of oak trees across southern New England. But interspersed among the wreckage were thousands of trees that survived. A new study published today in ...

Fungal spore 'death clouds' key in gypsy moth fight

A fungus known to decimate populations of gypsy moths creates "death clouds" of spores that can travel more than 40 miles to potentially infect populations of invasive moths, according to a new Cornell study.

Gypsy moth caterpillars return to dine on New England trees

Last year's dry spring, coupled with the recent stretch of dry weather, has helped to fuel the resurgence across parts of southern New England of the gypsy moth caterpillar, a furry nuisance blamed for defoliating an estimated ...

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