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Spongy Moth Resources 2022

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May 20 2022
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Spongy or Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) Moths (previously called the European Gypsy Moth) are a non-native invasive forest defoliating insect from Europe that was brought to North America in the 1860s.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, “They were first detected in Ontario in 1969, with widespread defoliation occurring in 1981. LDD Moth outbreaks occur every 7 to 10 years when larvae (caterpillars) chew holes in leaves or devour entire leaves.”

There are online resources, from both Simcoe County and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, that concerned residents or landowners wanting to manage Spongy Moth impacts can consult, including management guides.

Please find Spongy Moth information and resources listed below:

Simcoe County’s Resources for Landowners – Spongy Moths

The Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry – LDD Moths

The Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry – Protecting Trees on Your Property