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The Gipsy Moth, and its Introduction into America

Nature volume 60, pages 8082 | Download Citation



MANY persons, whether entomologists or not, must have noticed a rather slender, dark-coloured moth with feathery antennæ flying among bushes on the continent; and a much larger, stout-bodied, whitish-grey moth, sitting on hedges, or on the trunks of trees. Dissimilar as these insects may appear, they are never theless the male and female of the Gipsy Moth (Porthetria dispar), the male of which flies about in the day-time like that of the Vapourer Moth (Notolophus antiquus), a small tawny-brown moth with a white spot on the fore-wings, which has an apterous female, and the caterpillar of which feeds on a great variety of trees and shrubs (Fig. 1).

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