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Invasive Species — Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar)


Gypsy moths are native to Southern Europe, northern Africa, and central and southern Asia and Japan. The European strain has been introduced to eastern North America and is spreading south and west. The Asian strain has been discovered in the U.S. and Canada recently, and a single male moth was found in a Fairbanks campground in 2006.

Habitat Preference

Gypsy moths are found in temperate forests.