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Gypsy Moth Infestation in Allegany State Park

1:01 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
Gypsy Moth caterpillars in Allegany State Park. Photo Courtesy Maria Pittman.
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BUFFALO, NY - Fuzzy, black caterpillars are covering trees in the southern tier.

The insects have been identified as Gypsy Moths, an invasive species that defoliates trees and shrubs.

March 2013 New York State Parks briefing paper raised the concern about a Gypsy Moth outbreak in Allegany State Park.

According to the report, a survey of Gypsy Moth eggs in the park found "extremely high" levels of eggs which indicated a "major outbreak" of Gypsy Moths for 2013.

2 On Your Side has reached out to the park and the State DEC for more information about the severity of this year's outbreak.

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