gypsy moth


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gypsy moth

n.
1. A Eurasian moth (Lymantria dispar) whose caterpillars feed on foliage and are destructive to trees and shrubs especially in the northeast United States. It was introduced into the United States in the late 1800s.
2. Informal A Republican in the US House of Representatives, representing a northeast or midwestern urban area, who sometimes supports moderate legislation and causes.

gypsy moth

n
(Animals) a variant spelling of gipsy moth

gyp′sy moth`


n.
a moth, Porthetria dispar, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of trees.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gypsy moth - European moth introduced into North Americagypsy moth - European moth introduced into North America; a serious pest of shade trees
lymantriid, tussock moth - dull-colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees
genus Lymantria, Lymantria - type genus of the Lymantriidae; a pest (Lymantria means `destroyer')
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Ironically, this bloom of oaks, whose acorns provide the main substitute for chestnuts, is now the culinary choice of an introduced insect, the gypsy moth.
Entomologists at the lab test natural enemies of the gypsy moth and other pests.
1930: Amy Johnson, left, took off from Croydon in Gypsy Moth "Jason" to become the first female to fly solo to Australia, arriving on May 24.
1967 - Using Sir Francis Drake's sword, the Queen knighted Francis Chichester, who had sailed solo round the world in Gypsy Moth IV.
CLEVELAND, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Before Eradicoat(TM) Gypsy Moth Control System, a homeowner's only defense against the destructive gypsy moth, other than government aerial spraying, was a labor intensive and time consuming daily procedure.
Miss Johnson, who was aged 27 at the time of her Australia flight, left Croydon almost unnoticed in her second-hand Gypsy Moth, which she called Jason, in April 1930.
Following a demonstration flight, Watson hopped out of his 1930 DeHavilland Gypsy Moth, an open-cockpit biplane that saw service during the Spanish Civil War.
We were experiencing our first major encounter with larvae of the gypsy moth --a pest that would create frustration, economic loss, allergic reactions, and periodic limits on enjoyment of our new outdoor Eden.
That's critical: Newark studies have shown that gypsy moth parasites often fail to take hold unless the moths are fairly abundant.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is proposing action this spring to prevent the European gypsy moth from becoming established in three Western Washington locations.
The following are key items to note in the gypsy moth discussion:
CLEVELAND, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Before Eradicoat(TM) Gypsy Moth Control System, a homeowner's only defense against the destructive gypsy moth, other than government aerial spraying, was a labor intensive and time consuming daily procedure.