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#48493 May 20th, 2007 at 10:54 AM
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This was in my apple tree - freaked me out. I cut off the branch and burned it. It looked like layers and layers of webs and worms in between each layer. Gave me goosebumps!

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Those are your common variety caterpillers. We used to play with them as kids...let them crawl all over your hands and arms and stuff. What fun! (eeek!)


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No way! What is up with the ugly web?


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Not sure why they live in a web...kinda yucky, huh?


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I saw those at school, took pictures of them...I think they're cool to watch from far but get too close and I'd freak out! they are tent caterpillers.


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kennyso #48549 May 20th, 2007 at 02:19 PM
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Yup, tent caterpillars for sure. There seems to be more than usual around this year.


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netty #48558 May 20th, 2007 at 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by netty
Yup, tent caterpillars for sure. There seems to be more than usual around this year.


Exactly what I was going to say - I cannot believe how many tents I am seeing around here this spring!!! The sad thing is... they are killing the trees that they build the tents on here - the leaves are completely stripped off of most of them. We had 1 in our backyard last year, but they are ALLLLLL over here - as far as we have driven in any direction! Fortunetly, I haven't seen any in our yet... yet!


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For whats it is worth, tent caterpillars have "boom" years depending on the environmental conditions, and while they surely can defolliate trees they generally do not kill the tree unless the tree is stressed or the caterpillars hit year after year. The purpose of the webs are to provide protections for the caterpillars and to provide a "structure" for the cacoons. Hope this is of some interest.


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