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Introduction

Gypsy Moth - gypsy moth caterpillar

Gypsy moth larva
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Like the tale of the sorcerer’s apprentice, the gypsy moth is an example of an experiment gone horribly wrong. The moth was brought to the United States in 1869 in a failed attempt to start a silkworm industry. Escaping soon after, the gypsy moth has become, over the past century, a major pest in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada.

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