Gypsy moth

The brownish yellow and black, hairy caterpillars of this moth can defoliate a variety of trees and shrubs. Since the mid 1990s the European strain of this moth has become established in London and some surrounding areas.

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Gypsy moth caterpillar RHS / Sian Tyrrell

Quick facts

Common name Gypsy moth
Scientific name Lymantria dispar
Plants affected A wide variety of trees and shrubs
Main symptoms Large (up to 7cm long) brownish yellow, hairy caterpillars
Most active April to August

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