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Gypsy moth

The gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, is a moth of European origin.

Gypsy moth larvae prefer hardwoods, but may feed on several hundred different species of trees and shrubs.

In the East the gypsy moth prefers oaks, apple, sweetgum, speckled alder, basswood, gray and paper birch, poplar, willow, and hawthorn, although other species are also affected.

The list of hosts will undoubtedly expand as the insect spreads south and west.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Gypsy moth", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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