Lymantria dispar multicapsid nuclear polyhedrosis virus or LdMNPV is a well-known and spectacular viral infection of gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar) which causes infected larvae to die and disintegrate. Infected larvae climb to the top of the tree during the day and die. The larvae then melt or disintegrate, falling on the foliage below where they infect more larvae.

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  • Lymantria dispar multicapsid nuclear polyhedrosis virus or LdMNPV is a well-known and spectacular viral infection of gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar) which causes infected larvae to die and disintegrate. Infected larvae climb to the top of the tree during the day and die. The larvae then melt or disintegrate, falling on the foliage below where they infect more larvae. While it possesses many common and technical names, it is often referred to as Gypchek. Gypchek is an insecticide which uses the virus to control the gypsy moth population. Because the virus only infects Lymantria dispar, it has proven safe for use with other insects including ants, bees and non-target lepidopteran species. Studies into its safety have found no toxicity or mortality concerns except for some irritation resulting from ocular doses administered to rabbits. The gene responsible for the behavior of infected larvae has been found to be egt (codes ecdysteroid UDP-glucosyltransferase), with protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) playing a role in the infection of brain tissue. Due to the virus's effect on the infected larvae, various reports of 'zombie caterpillars' popularized the virus at the time of the discovery of the egt gene. (en)
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  • *Lymantria dispar MNPV
  • *Lymantria dispar nucleopolyhedrovirus
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  • Lymantria dispar multicapsid nuclear polyhedrosis virus or LdMNPV is a well-known and spectacular viral infection of gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar) which causes infected larvae to die and disintegrate. Infected larvae climb to the top of the tree during the day and die. The larvae then melt or disintegrate, falling on the foliage below where they infect more larvae. (en)
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