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We investigate an interacting particle system inspired by the gypsy moth, whose populations grow until they become sufficiently dense so that an epidemic reduces them to a low level. We consider this process on a random 3-regular graph and on the d-dimensional lattice and torus, with d≥2. On the finite graphs with global dispersal or with a dispersal radius that grows with the number of sites, we prove convergence to a dynamical system that is chaotic for some parameter values. We conjecturedoi:10.1214/08-aap581 fatcat:cc4osdbcwfbphosfvgewood6am