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Destructive moth no longer a one-in-10-years problem; it’s here to stay: ecologist

Ontario trees likely to be defoliated again this year


February 14, 2022
By Turf & Rec

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An LDD moth caterpillar. MNR photo

The destructive insect formerly known as the gypsy moth – rechristened LDD – is likely to defoliate trees again this season in southwestern Ontario. The Hamilton Conservation Authority suggests the moths have become an endemic and are no longer the once-in-10-years destructive pest they’ve been previously labelled. The insect is here to stay, a terrestrial ecologist with the authority, says, and will have to be dealt with continually.

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