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"Spongy Moth" New Name for Former Gypsy Moth

adult spongy moth female

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) has selected the new common name "spongy moth" for the invasive species Lymantria dispar, previously known as the gypsy moth. This change was announced on March 2, 2022. More information on this decision can be found on the ESA website.