Agencies step up fight against gypsy moths
Judy Gibbs holds the first gypsy moth caterpillar found in Minnesota. She discovered it in Duluth’s East Hillside. (2010 file / News Tribune)
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota is at the front line of a national effort to slow the spread of invasive gypsy moths, which have defoliated and killed thousands of acres of trees on the East Coast.
Although the destructive critters have slowly munched their way westward, so far they haven’t established a reproducing population in Minnesota, even though they have made incursions into the state for decades. But the moths are hungrily eying the forests of the Arrowhead region.
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