What is Gypsy Moth?
It is a moth in the family Erebidae that is of Eurasian origin. It has a range which covers Europe, Africa, and North America.The gypsy moth is one of the most destructive pests of hardwood trees in the eastern United States. It is listed as one of the 100 most destructive invasive species worldwide.
What does Gypsy Moth look like?
Female gypsy moths are a light cream color with wide abdomens and short, thin antennae. Their wings have brown zigzag stripes. European females do not fly, while Asian gypsy moth females can. Male gypsy moths are darker and smaller than the females. They are a tan brown color and have dark zigzag markings on their wings. They also have distinct, hairy antennae which they use to located females by scent.