• gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar asiatica and L. dispar dispar)
  • also rosy (or pink) gypsy moth (L. mathura)
  • very wide host range, with over 650 known hosts
  • egg masses laid on solid surfaces and covered in light tan fuzz
  • mature caterpillars are large (50-65 mm long) and hairy with two rows of spots (red and blue) along their back
  • moths have greyish-brown wings (30-40 mm wingspan) in males or white with grey markings (40-70 mm) in females
  • causes heavy defoliation and larvae may produce webbing
  • can spread large distances naturally or with infested plant material

More information

Gypsy moths (Department of Agriculture)

Gypsy moths (Plant Health Australia)