Definition of gypsy moth in English:

gypsy moth

Syllabification: gyp·sy moth

noun

  • A tussock moth having a brown male and larger white female. The caterpillar can be a serious pest of orchards and woodland.
    • Lymantria dispar, family Lymantriidae
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    • Over the past 100 years, more than 20 biocontrol fly species have been released in Massachusetts for a variety of pests, including the browntail moth, the gypsy moth, and the Japanese beetle.
    • Other pests include gypsy moth caterpillars, gall midge, and scale.
    • The caterpillars of the gypsy moth are destructive defoliators that feed primarily on oak trees causing growth loss, crown dieback, and tree mortality.

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