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Leaf-eating gypsy moths leave mark on mid-Atlantic forests this year

Updated: June 14, 2007, 1:35 PM ET
By Genaro C. Armas | Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Picnickers in East Coast woods may get some hungry visitors this summer. But at least they won't ask for sandwiches.

Leaf-eating gypsy moth caterpillars are out in force in parts of the mid-Atlantic following a warm, dry spring — just the kind of weather that can make the insects thrive.

Experts are predicting an especially bad year for trees, primarily oaks, which are the caterpillars' favorite snack. The moths will also munch on 475 types ...

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