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Title: Browntail Moth Pest Alert

Author: USDA Forest Service,; Maine Forest Service,; National Park Service,;

Date: 2002

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, P.O. Box 640 Durham, NH 03824,Maine Forest Service, Insect and Disease Laboratory, 50 Hospital Street, Augusta, ME 04333, National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore 99 Marconi Station Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667

Publication Series: Program Aid

Description: The browntail moth, Euproctis chrysorrhoea, a native of Europe, was first found in North America in Somerville, Massachusetts, in the spring of 1897. The lack of natural control agents contributed to its rapid spread throughout the Northeast. By 1915, the moth's range included most of the area east of the Connecticut River and as far north as Nova Scotia. During the early 1920's the range had begun to decline, and by the 1970's the insect was found on only a few islands in Casco Bay, Maine, and limited locations on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Browntail moth caterpillars feed on leaves of many hardwood trees and shrubs. At high population levels, caterpillars may completely defoliate the host. Common host trees and shrubs include apple, oak, cherry, hawthorn, serviceberry, rugosa rose, and bayberry.

Keywords: NA-PR-04-02, Brown tail Moth, Brown tail Moth caterpillars, controlling brown tail moths, to clip brown tail moth the webs, destroy them by soaking brown tail moths in water and detergent, Euproctis chrysorrhoea

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USDA Forest Service, null; Maine Forest Service, null; National Park Service, null 2002. Browntail Moth Pest Alert. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, P.O. Box 640 Durham, NH 03824,Maine Forest Service, Insect and Disease Laboratory, 50 Hospital Street, Augusta, ME 04333, National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore 99 Marconi Station Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667

 


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