One day me and my cousin Raya and I went to a park for a family reunion. One of the first things I noticed was how many moths were flying around. Then I found a white moth on the ground. It was hurt, so I carried it around. (At about the same time we found a large beetle too.)
Then we started noticing more of the white moths. These are called Gypsy moths. I remember that if you tried to see if one was alive with a stick or something, the moths would try to stay on the tree.
Then Raya noticed that all the Gypsy moths were sitting by patches of light brown "fuzzy stuff". When she looked closer, Raya could see the shape of small eggs underneath the brown patches on the trees. Now it all made sense! There were so many moths because they were all laying eggs, and the brown moths were probably the male Gypsy moths.. We also found some pretty Gypsy moth caterpillars (black with red and blue dots).
But then, sadly, we found over five dead caterpillars on the ground by the trees, more than one dead Gypsy moth, and even some of the unhatched eggs on the ground too.
I wonder what happened? Maybe the moths die after laying eggs, but that doesn't really explain the eggs on the ground and dead caterpillars. There wasn't enough time to investigate that, but I'm happy to say we saw at least 7-8 moths on each tree. (there were maybe 6-7 trees where we say Gypsy moths.) If most of the eggs survive, I'm sure next year there will be even more moths laying eggs at that park!
:P Sorry if pictures are blurry
A Gypsy Moth laying eggs
A Gypsy Moth Caterpillar
Some of the eggs we found on the ground