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By Brian Soergel
Edmonds Beacon Editor 

New, invasive Asian gypsy moth trapped in Woodway, a first in U.S.


Last updated 8/28/2019 at 7:44pm

Washington State Department of Agriculture

A Hokkaido gypsy moth, pictured here, was captured last month in Woodway.

Seasonal trappers from the Washington State Department of Agriculture captured an unwelcome guest last month in the Town of Woodway, Edmonds' verdant neighbor to the south.

What makes this capture particularly newsworthy was that the insect has never before been trapped in the United States – the Hokkaido gypsy moth, a variety of the Asian gypsy moth. The species was confirmed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Massachusetts.

This week, the WSDA also confirmed the catch inside a trap in the southern portion of Woodway.

"We put out about 20,000-30,000 gypsy moth traps every...

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