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Last year's dry spring, coupled with the recent stretch of dry weather, has helped to fuel the resurgence across parts of southern New England of the gypsy moth caterpillar, a furry nuisance blamed for defoliating an estimated 9 million acres from Maine to Maryland back in 1981 .Some warn next year could be even worse, considering there's been no significant wet weather in recent weeks to spark a fungus that has proven in past years to be a successful gypsy moth predator.In 2015, the gypsy moth caterpillar was blamed for munching away more than 175,000 acres in Connecticut alone, marking the first major outbreak in years. Stafford said he expects this year's defoliation will be much worse, adding that he's received reports from the northeastern part of the state of caterpillars feasting on spruce and conifers. This year's onslaught of caterpillars should end soon.
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