Spongy Moth Highlight

Spongy Moth

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Gypsy Moth

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Spongy Moth

The spongy moth ((formerly called Gypsy moth) is one of the most important forest pests in the Northeast. The caterpillars feed on leaves of the forest, shade, ornamental and fruit trees, and shrubs. A single defoliation can kill some evergreens, but usually, two or more defoliations are needed to kill hardwoods.

Cornell University web page

Cornell Insect Diagnostic Lab Fact sheet

Forest Health Fact Sheet

NYS DEC Fact Sheet

Spongy Moth Management Guide for Homeowners

How to Care for Defoliated Trees

How to Properly Water Your Trees

Visit the Slow the Spread Foundation

Last updated May 3, 2024