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Volunteers try to save Ottawa park’s trees from defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars

Insect first came to North America in 1860


June 24, 2021
By CBC News

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A gypsy moth caterpillar. MNR photo

Volunteers have gathered to save an Ottawa park’s trees from defoliation at the hands of gypsy moth caterpillars. This year is expected to be a bad year for the invasive species that first came to North America in 1860 by a French entomologist. The volunteers are killing the caterpillars in soapy water and wrapping burlap around tree trunks as a barrier to prevent the insects from climbing the trees.

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