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U.S. Customs finds destructive moth eggs aboard ship in Baltimore

U.S. Customs finds destructive moth eggs aboard ship in Baltimore

Four egg clusters from a destructive moth species were found aboard a vehicle transport ship in Baltimore, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Agriculture specialists discovered Asian gypsy moth egg masses and a dead adult moth during a routine inspection aboard the M/V Gaia Leader. The moth and eggs were found July 25, and a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab confirmed they were Asian gypsy moths Aug. 7, according to a news release from U.S. Customs.

The egg masses were removed and agriculture specialists treated the areas where they were found on the ship.

Asian gypsy moths, which differ from European gypsy moths, can attack more than 500 species of...

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