GYPSY MOTH WEBINAR (Ontario Woodlot Association)
Please find attached a link to view a webinar on Gypsy Moths. It is extremely informative and we would encourage you to watch it. If you go boating on the lake check out the hill around the portage at Donaldson Bay and also the hill above the new house high above Rubies Rocks and also the west side of Webster bay and you will see a lot of trees that have been defoliated by the Gypsy moths this year. Click here for the webinar
GYPSY MOTHS (May 2021)
In the next few days, gypsy moths eggs laid last July will hatch, bringing a wave of defoliation and ecological damage - here's what you can do to help stop them.
Of all the thousands of invasive species globally, the gypsy moth is in the top 100 of the most destructive. It’s native to Europe, where their natural diseases and predators keep numbers controlled. It was brought to North America in 1869, to Medford Massachusetts, by a person who thought the gypsy moth could be bred with silkworms for a new fabric industry. The story goes that the moths escaped out an open window – and those few escapees have now spread across eastern states and provinces. The gypsy moth is not a strong flier – but the larvae are light, and spin silk threads that carry them aloft on the wind.
The invader’s success owes especially to the moth’s eggs. Each female can lay up to 500 eggs. The masses of firm, round eggs are covered in a peach-like fuzz coating that can cause serious skin rashes, and the fuzz helps insulate the eggs to survive cold winters. With the spring hatch, the larvae climb into trees and shrubs, feeding mostly at night, hiding out on the underside of leaves by day. Their favorite food is oak leaves, but just about any plant will do. Colonies of thousands can strip forests of leaves, weakening trees severely, and killing them if the outbreak lasts over years.
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CONTROL OF GYPSY MOTHS (White Lake Article) (click here)