Sponsored by LLCT. Winter and Gypsy Moths.
The outbreak of gypsy moths in Massachusetts has been building for several years and 2016 saw the largest outbreak in 35 years. Massachusetts, especially communities east of Interstate 495, still appear to have the largest and most damaging populations of winter moths. Hear about the progress being made with biological controls and get an update on the spread of these insects in New England from leading research expert, Joe Elkinton.
Joe Elkinton is a professor of entomology in the Dept. of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He joined the faculty at UMASS in 1980 after receiving his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. His laboratory conducts research on population dynamics and biological control of invasive forest insects. His current focus is on the biological control and population dynamics of winter moth, hemlock woolly adelgid and the black oak gall wasp. He is currently involved with efforts to introduce predatory beetles to control hemlock woolly adelgid and a tachinid parasitoid to control winter moth. He spent the first half of his career at UMASS conducting research on the population dynamics of gypsy moth.