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European Gypsy Moth

European Gypsy MothScientific name: Lymantria dispar Linnaeus (ITIS)

Common name: Gypsy moth, European gypsy moth

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  • Save A Forest. Kill A Forest -- It all Depends on Your Next Move
    USDA. APHIS. Hungry Pests.
    This outreach campaign, "Your Move Gypsy Moth-Free," is designed to stop the accidental spread of gypsy moth by people moving or traveling from moth-infested areas to uninfested areas. It's not just the right thing to do -- it's also the law.

  • Historical Gypsy Moth Publications
    USDA. ARS. National Agricultural Library.
    This collection of publications in NAL's Digital Repository provides access to and addresses a number of topics concerning the gypsy and the related brown-tail moths, from biological control methods to tree banding to quarantine practices. The bulk of the documents were published from 1891 to 1923 by various agencies in the area of the initial infestation, including the State Board of Agriculture for Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island, but also include some more modern USDA publications.

Selected Resources

Native To: Europe (Liebhold 2003)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1869 (Smithsonian 1999)

Means of Introduction: Imported for silk production (Smithsonian 1999)

Impact: Defoliates trees (Smithsonian 1999)

Current U.S. Distribution:




Selected Resources:

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Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation (STS)
Slow the Spread Foundation, Inc.
Slow-the-Spread (STS) is a preventive project funded as part of USDA's (Forest Service and APHIS) national strategy to manage the gypsy moth in the United States.
Note: Survey maps

Invasive Species Compendium - Lymantria dispar
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Lymantria dispar (insect)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


European Gypsy Moth
USDA. APHIS. Hungry Pests.

Gypsy Moth
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
See also: Gypsy Moth Program Manual (May 2008-Second Edition; PDF | 2.5 MB)

Pest Alert: Gypsy Moth
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area.

Gypsy Moth Digest
USDA. FS. State and Private Forestry.
Note: Extensive statistical data on defoliation, eradication, suppression, and costs; Defoliation, Infestation, and Regulated/Transition Area maps

Gypsy Moth - Forest Pest Leaflet (PDF | 502 KB)
Canadian Forest Service. Pacific Forestry Center.

Gypsy Moth in British Columbia
British Columbia Ministry of Forests (Canada).


Pest Profile - Gypsy Moth
California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health Division. Pest Detection/Emergency Projects Branch.

Gypsy Moth
Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Gypsy Moth
Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Gypsy Moth Unit
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Gypsy Moth Program
North Carolina Department of Agriculture. Plant Industry Division. Plant Protection Section. Entomological Services.

Gypsy Moth
Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Gypsy Moth
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Forestry.

Gypsy Moth Suppression
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant and Pest Services.

Gypsy Moth
West Virginia Division of Forestry.

Gypsy Moth
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

Gypsy Moth
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Forest Health Protection.

Alien Profile: Gypsy Moth - EEK! Environmental Education for Kids
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Gypsy Moth Northeastern Illinois Reporting Site
University of Illinois. Extension.

Gypsy Moth in Indiana
Purdue University. Entomology. Extension.

Introduced Species Summary Project - European Gypsy Moth
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Gypsy Moth in Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.



Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Lymantria dispar. [Accessed Feb 28, 2015].

Liebhold, S. 2003. Gypsy moth around the world. Morgantown, West Virginia: U.S. Forest Service.

Smithsonian Institution. 1999. BugInfo: Gypsy Moth. Department of Systematic Biology, Entomology Section, National Museum of Natural History. Information Sheet 36.

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