Gypsy Moth Eggs - Lymantria dispar
I found hundreds of dead, female gypsy moths in this forest. Most were on the ground (at the base of trees), but some died on the trees right after depositing their egg masses on the bark. And, of course, I found lots of egg masses on the trees, many of which I scraped off as we are recommended to do because we have had heavy infestations in recent years that have caused massive defoliation.
For more info on a recent, particularly bad infestation:
Habitat: Mixed forest
Lymantria dispar, the gypsy moth, are moths in the family Erebidae. Lymantria dispar covers many subspecies, subspecies identification such as L. d. dispar or L. d. japonica leaves no ambiguity in identification. Lymantria dispar subspecies have a range which covers in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and South America.