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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Entomological Society of America announced in March that “the spongy moth” had been officially adopted as the common name for the moth species. Lymantria dispar.

ESA’s Management Board voted unanimously to approve the addition of “spongy moth” to ESA’s list of common names for insects and related organisms, completing a process launched in July 2021 when the old name, “gypsy moth”, was removed due to its use of a derogatory term for Roma. This change is the first undertaken by ESA’s Better Common Names project.

The name – derived from the common name used in France and French-speaking Canada, “spongieuse” – refers to the sponge-like egg masses of the moth.

Lymantria dispar is a noxious pest in North American forests, and public awareness is essential to slow its spread,” said ESA President Jessica Ware, Ph.D. ““Spongy moth” gives entomologists and foresters a name for this species that reinforces an important feature of butterfly biology and moves away from the outdated term that was previously used.We are grateful to the diverse community of people and organizations that have been involved in this process of change. name and have pledged to adopt the “gypsy moth” as well.

The gypsy moth is an invasive pest of North American forests that can defoliate hundreds of species of trees and shrubs. Native to Europe, Asia and North Africa, it was introduced to Massachusetts in the 1800s and is now widespread in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada and costs hundreds of millions of dollars each year in damages and prevention and control efforts.

The gypsy moth mainly spreads when its egg masses are carried on firewood, outdoor equipment, and vehicles. Raising public awareness of L.dispar the egg mass and its spongy appearance are important in controlling the pest, as the insect spends most of its life cycle (10 months) in the egg stage.

The author is a frequent contributor to PCT.

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