- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is planning to treat more than 970 acres in Hardy County to protect forests from gypsy moths.

The department says the aerial treatment will be conducted in mid-May.

The gypsy moth is a non-native caterpillar that has become established in most of the northeastern United States.

It feeds on more than 500 species of trees and shrubs but prefers the leaves of oak trees, West Virginia’s predominant forest tree.

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