A female gypsy moth.
gypsy moth definition by Webster's New World
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a European moth (Lymantria dispar), brownish (males) or whitish (females), now common in the E U.S.: its larvae feed on leaves, doing much damage to forest and shade trees
gypsy moth definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A European moth (Lymantria dispar) having hairy caterpillars that feed on foliage and are destructive to trees and shrubs. It was introduced into the United States in the late 1800s.
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