Asian Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar asiatica) on Jul 23, 2019
Submitter has sample
Description of specimen
Pupae. By tomorrow, I could capture an adult. They are very common at this time.
Although I have not received the specified training, I completed my PhD dissertation studying the ecology / evolution of insects & spiders. I found pupae throughout my kitchen drawers and bed frame this past spring. At that time, I actually noted finding pupae only on surfaces made of real wood versus particle board. I collected them and saved them in a glass jar, to see what they would emerge as in their adult form. At the time, I believed that they might infest flour and rice in the kitchen, so I removed kitchen drawers and vacuumed thoroughly multiple times. I expected the adult forms to emerge around this time, and just recently I've seen several (at least ten) moths in my house of the exact size that I would expect based on the pupae dimensions. Recently, I read in our HOA meeting notes that gypsy moths have become an issue throughout our neighborhood. I looked up their description, photos, and found this website. GPS coordinates can be identified using my home address: 615 SW 6th Court, Portland, OR 97219.