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Subject: Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM), Lymantria dispar, caught for first time in New Zealand
Date posted: April 17, 2003
Source: New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Media Release
A single, male specimen of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM), Lymantria dispar, was caught in Hamilton, New Zealand for the first time since the trapping program for this pest was set up in 1993. The capture of L. dispar has spurred the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) to go on full alert, implementing the MAF’s response plan of ground searches, the deployment of an intensive trapping grid, and the establishment of movement controls.

For the full story see: New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Media Release

Other stories related to the detection of the AGM in New Zealand:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2377465a7693,00.html
http://www.forestresearch.co.nz/topic.asp?topic=Asian%20Gypsy....
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3301778....