- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine forestry officials are reminding residents to be on the lookout for invasive winter moths, which defoliate trees.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says it wants Maine families to become “nature detectives” and help find the moths. The moths are non-native insects that came to North America from Europe in the 1930s. The state would like residents who locate the moths to contact authorities via a survey.

The moths have no natural predators, which makes keeping their population in check difficult. Forestry officials say the moths only recently arrived in Maine, likely as cocoons in the soil of landscape plants that came to the state from southern New England.

The moths are active from late November to January when the temperature is above freezing.

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Online: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/winter_moth_survey.htm


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