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Updated: April 12, 2024

The Spongy Moth and the Homeowner

The spongy moth caterpillar is the most serious threat to forests comprised of oak in the United States. Spongy moths reach greatest densities where oaks are the most abundant trees. If you have oak trees on your property, spongy moths pose a threat to the beauty and value of your land. Authors: Michael Raupp, John A. Davidson, and F.E. Wood; Title: The Gypsy Moth and the Homeowner (FS-242)