|Male & Female Gypsy Moths|
Reading the article taught me a few new things about gypsy moths and their mating practices. For example, did you know:
- The female gypsy moth uses a compound called bombykol as its sex attractant
- She releases this compound into the air when she is ready to mate
- The male gypsy moth can detect as little as one molecule of bombykol in the air
- The male gypsy moth has been known to follow a female from as far as 5 miles away
- In human terms, this would be the equivalent of walking 500 miles
|Coupling gypsy moths|
When you factor in that a female moth can lay up to 1,000 eggs, it is easy to see how just a couple of moths can rapidly grow to populations that will devastate forests and the environment.
The ability to effectively and rapidly reproduce is just one of the reasons why it is critical that Washington eradicate gypsy moths when they are detected. Visit our website to learn more about WSDA’s gypsy moth trapping and control efforts, and consider attending one of our upcoming open houses for more information!