Lymantria Dispar / Spongy Moth (Historically Gypsy Moth)

Lymantria dispar Open Houses Spring 2022

DATE TIME LOCATION ADDRESS PHONE SPRAY AREA
Wednesday, March 30, 20223-6  PMRockford Public LibraryEast Branch
6685 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108
815-966-2748Rockford Winnebago County
Wednesday, April 6, 20225:30-7:30 PMFreeport Public Library100 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL 61032815-233-3000Freeport Stephenson County
Tuesday, April 12, 20224:30-6:30 PMLockport Public Library121 E 8th  Street Lockport, IL 60441815-838-0755Lewis University Will County
Thursday, April 14, 20224-6 PMWheaton Public Library225 N Cross St,
Wheaton, IL 60187
630-668-1374Central DuPage County
Tuesday, April 19, 20224-6 PMLemont Public Library50 E Wend Street Lemont, IL 60439630-257-6541South DuPage - West Cook Counties
Thursday, April 21, 20224-6 PMElburn Town & Country
Public Library
320 E. North Street
Elburn, IL 60119
630-365-2244Campton Hills & Kane County

Lymantria dispar:

seasons of the gypsy moth Lymantria dispar caterpillars consume as much leaf tissue as they can, as quickly as they can, to obtain nourishment to become reproducing adults. Since the caterpillars' feeding period lasts seven to ten weeks through spring and summer, they can do a lot of damage to young tree leaves. If a tree loses more than 50% of its leaves for more than two years in a row, it will certainly be weakened and may not survive. A single Lymantria dispar caterpillar can consume 11 square feet of vegetation during its lifetime so the presence of millions of caterpillars can severely affect trees and forests.


Lymantria dispar caterpillars consume as much leaf tissue as they can, as quickly as they can, to obtain nourishment to become reproducing adults. Since the caterpillars' feeding period lasts seven to ten weeks through spring and summer, they can do a lot of damage to young tree leaves. If a tree loses more than 50% of its leaves for more than two years in a row, it will certainly be weakened and may not survive. A single Lymantria dispar caterpillar can consume 11 square feet of vegetation during its lifetime so the presence of millions of caterpillars can severely affect trees and forests.


During large outbreaks, trees are virtually stripped of their leaves by hungry caterpillars within a few days. Although most trees will re-grow new leaves before summer's end, the process stresses the tree and drains its reserves. Weakened trees and shrubs, especially those in urban settings, are more susceptible to attack by opportunistic diseases and organisms. In addition, the tree's growth rate is impaired, which affects its chances for survival during the following years.

 

What is Illinois doing to control Lymantria dispar?

The Illinois Department of Agriculture and USDA APHIS, along with the STS Foundation, place over 10,000 traps to monitor populations each year. Each year, the monitoring is tabulated, and eradication treatments, usually aerial applications, of Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki) or mating disruption are decided for the following year.

The Lymantria dispar is migrating west, and it has established itself in Illinois. Lake County, Illinois was quarantined in 2000. The counties of McHenry, Cook and Du Page were added in 2007, Kane, Kendall, Will & Lasalle were then added in 2017.  In 2022, 2 more counties, Winnebago and Boone were added.  A quarantine requires all nursery stock and firewood being shipped out of the affected counties to be inspected and certified. All nurseries and nursery dealers are also required to treat their property and/or stock, and persons leaving quarantined counties must have all outdoor equipment inspected.

For more information on this invasive insect and The Slow the Spread program click the story map below:

  • Lymantria dispar nest
  • National Slow the Spread Program

    Read the history and overview of the Slow the Spread Program. This story includes information on:
    Introduction & Spread,
    Biology & Ecology,
    Management History,
    Shared Stewardship,
    and the STS Program.

 

 

 

Treatment Maps for the 2022 Illinois Spray Projects:

 

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Contact Information

Illinois Department of Agriculture
Nancy Johnson
815-347-0401
Northern IL Field Office
2280 Bethany Road, Suite B
DeKalb, IL 60115

 

Illinois Department of Agriculture
Scott Schirmer
815-787-5476
Northern IL Field Office
2280 Bethany Road, Suite B
DeKalb, IL 60115

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