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Gypsy Moth caterpillar

Lymantria dispar dispar


Lymantria dispar dispar, commonly known as the gypsy moth, European gypsy moth, or North American gypsy moth, is a moth in the family Erebidae that is of Eurasian origin. Larvae (caterpillars) emerge from egg masses in the spring. Most larvae hatch within a week, but can take as long as a month. The new larvae remain on or near the egg cluster if they hatch in rainy weather or if the temperature is below 7 °C. The larva will disperse even if there is enough foliage for growth, hanging from silk threads and waiting for the wind to send them aloft. The larva are about 3 mm long when they first hatch and will grow to 50 or 90 mm.


Caterpillar consume the leaves of over 500 species of trees, shrubs and plants.


Photos taken @ Bikodze, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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Dijana Serhatlic
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Dijana Serhatlic

Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Spotted on Jun 1, 2018
Submitted on Nov 22, 2018

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