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Record number of moths captured

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A record 69,400 gypsy moths have been trapped in Minnesota this year – a number that will continue to climb as Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) staff collect the 14,500 insect traps set out this spring. The previous record high was 27,858 in 2009.

Trapping is not meant to control the insect population, but counting the number of moths caught in the traps gives MDA officials a sense of the size and location of the gypsy moth population.

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