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2008-08-29 09:00:37

By PJ Reilly Lancaster County's forest landowners will be on their own again next spring in the fight against gypsy moth caterpillars. The commissioners on Wednesday unanimously agreed the county should not participate in the state-run 2009 program to spray woodlands to kill the leaf-eating caterpillars, just as the previous board decided last year for 2008. That means private property owners in the county who want to have their forestlands sprayed will have to hire contractors, who...

2008-08-29 03:00:30

By Crable, Ad Umble, Chad AD CRABLE and CHAD UMBLE At the J. Edward Mack Boy Scout camp near Brickerville, officials this fall will reluctantly cut down trees killed by rampaging gypsy moths to keep the timber from falling on buildings occupied by Scouts. At popular Gov. Dick Park, also in the Furnace Hills, officials expect to have to "salvage cut" several hundred dead trees and replant parts of the forest. And earlier this summer, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it was...

2008-08-28 06:00:43

By Ad Crable; Chad Umble AD CRABLE and CHAD UMBLE At the J. Edward Mack Boy Scout camp near Brickerville, officials this fall will reluctantly cut down trees killed by rampaging gypsy moths to keep the timber from falling on buildings occupied by Scouts. At popular Gov. Dick Park, also in the Furnace Hills, officials expect to have to "salvage cut" several hundred dead trees and replant parts of the forest. And earlier this summer, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it was...

2008-08-27 18:00:00

By PJ Reilly Lancaster County commissioners today are expected to decide whether the county will participate in next year's state-run spraying program to control gypsy moth caterpillars. A vote by the board to participate in the program run by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources would mean a potential price break for private landowners in the county interested in protecting their forests from the leaf-eating caterpillars. After several landowners in Elizabeth...

2008-07-25 03:00:29

By Crable, Ad Two game lands in northern Lancaster County will have to undergo clear-cuts of forest because of a devastating attack of gypsy moths this spring. Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it was cutting 53 acres in an old stand of dead oak trees just south of Mount Gretna in Lebanon County. Now, the agency says it is preparing to cut 90 percent of the trees - primarily dead oaks 80 years old or more - on a 39-acre stand of trees at Game Lands 46...

2008-07-15 15:00:00

By DANIELA FLORES, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON There was an increase in the number of trees damaged by gypsy moths this year in New Jersey, but officials nonetheless say prevention programs are working. "We are seeing less damage in the areas that were sprayed and have seen a shift in the gypsy moth population from South Jersey to northwest areas of our state," said state Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus. "We will now focus on the places that were not sprayed where the gypsy...

2008-07-15 03:00:21

By Jan Hefler, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 15--New Jersey officials say gypsy moth caterpillars this year stripped the leaves off thousands of acres of trees -- hitting hard in Burlington County, but doing considerably less damage than was expected. Based on aerial surveys, the caterpillars defoliated nearly 340,000 acres statewide, or about 20,000 more acres than last year, when the infestation was the worst it had been in 17 years. But Joe Zoltowski, coordinator of the Department of...

2008-07-03 18:00:00

By PJ Reilly Dave Henry figures the oak trees that dominate the hilltop off Pinch Road, just south of Mount Gretna, have been growing there for the past century. In just the past two years, however, gypsy moth caterpillars have killed nearly all of them. Seventy percent of the trees in this block of forest are oaks, said Henry, southeast regional forester for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Ninety percent of them are dead. Henry delivered his bleak diagnosis Wednesday morning during a...

2008-06-26 15:02:23

By Eugene Paik, York Daily Record, Pa. Jun. 26--It didn't take Rhonda Sprenkle long to survey the damage done to the woods surrounding her Hellam Township home. She counted at least five towering trees left lifeless after a recent siege by gypsy moth caterpillars. The infestation arrived suddenly last year, she remembered. First, there was a clattering sound, like rain, that mysteriously arrived without any raindrops. Then pieces of leaves started to fall. And then Sprenkle...

2008-06-20 18:00:00

By PJ Reilly With the sun warming his back, George Way spent Thursday evening trimming the hedges on his Elizabeth Township property at 214 Fox Road. Way should have been working in the shade, given all the tall trees standing on his manicured lawn. Gypsy moth caterpillars took care of that, however, stripping several oaks of their leaves. This is the second year in a row, Way said, looking up at the barren treetops looming over his house. I'm hoping they don't die. Despite the lack...


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2005-09-08 09:57:58

The gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, is a moth of European origin. Life cycle Gypsy moth egg masses are laid on branches and trunks of trees, however egg masses may be found in any sheltered location. Egg masses are buff colored when first laid but may bleach out over the winter months when exposed to direct sunlight and weathering. The hatching of gypsy moth eggs coincides with budding of most hardwood trees. Larvae emerge from egg masses from early spring through mid-May. Larvae...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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