Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

Massachusetts braces for winter moth surge

By Associated Press

Forestry officials are warning of significant tree defoliation in Massachusetts this spring caused by the invasive winter moth [Operophtera brumata].

Federal and state officials say a heavy and widespread moth flight in the state in November and December means more defoliation over a larger area. ...

Winter moths defoliated about 80,000 forested acres in Massachusetts last year. ...

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Photo of female winter moth courtesy of the Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Blog