Friday, June 27, 2014

Tent Caterpillar Moths Are Flying Now

Jerald E. Dewey, USDA Forest Service,
The tent caterpillars that were eating are trees until recently are still around although not so active.  Some though have already cocooned and pupated, emerging as mating adults. They're out laying the golden egg clusters for next years brood.

So, between now and next spring, keep an eye out for the egg clusters (see photo at right) that will hatch out next years wave of leaf-chewers.  If you find them, just rub them off.  No pesticides needed.

Photo by Darren Strenge, 2014.

Photo by Darren Strenge, 2014.

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