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Gypsy Moths awaiting hatch

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Gypsy moths are an invasive species that starve local trees of their needles and leaves, especially those near the airport in western Lucas County.  The eggs cover trees out at Oak Openings.  Experts say the bugs are most active in summer.  But aerial sprays this spring should help knock their numbers down.

 

"As they get larger, they'll feed typically during the night and then they'll come down during the day to take cover from our heat," Amy Stone said.  "And kind of stay away from birds and other predators.  And so you can actually see them make that migration.  And so it looks like the whole tree is moving."

 

These gypsy moths come in cycles.  Our first outbreak was in the 80s with another following in the 90s.  Stone says you can start to see the caterpillars hatching around the same time red buds bloom in spring.

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