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Tree Killing Moths

posted on 18 November 2009 | posted in Best of the Web



open quoteThe bug expert explains the trees are being chewed up -- not by a beetle -- but a moth, the Tussock moth.

The scene is west of Sedalia in Douglas County in the Pike National Forest. It is the latest outbreak in a cycle that seems to peak every 12 to 13 years, according to Costello.

Back in the summer of 1995, Douglas County homeowners resorted to spraying pesticide against Tussock moth caterpillars as they invaded from the nearby national forest. It was a desperate bid to save prized trees on private property.
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