Three egg masses of the destructive Asian gypsy moth were discovered on a vehicle transport ship in the port of Baltimore earlier this month.
Agriculture specialists from U.S. Customs and Border Protection found the masses on Aug. 2 aboard the Volans Leader, the agency announced Wednesday. They were confirmed as Asian gypsy moth by a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab.
The agency’s inspectors found three egg masses in the ship’s crow’s nest and a fourth on a bulkhead below the bridge. While three were Asian gypsy moth eggs, the fourth was identified as rosy gypsy moth, also an actionable agriculture threat.
The Volans Leader had called in Japan, a high-risk area for...