Thursday, March 27, 2008

Eastern Tent Caterpillar


from here: http://www.ag.auburn.edu/enpl/bulletins/easterntentcaterpillar/easterntentcaterpillar.htm

It is a foliage feeder and, as the name implies, a web- or tent-maker. Cherry, apple, and other trees of the rose family (Rosaceae) are the preferred hosts, but larvae have been reported to feed on a variety of hardwoods, including ash, birch, blackgum, oak, sweetgum, maple, and poplar.

The eastern tent caterpillar is common and often abundant in Alabama. It is among the first insects to break winter dormancy and become active in the spring.
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2 Comments:

Anonymous mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Those nasty tent caterpillars are in my pecan tree already and I'm too busy this week to cut them out. It's a chore that can't be put off. So I guess the caterpillars win this year.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous caterpillar engine parts said...

Wow!
This picture is gorgeous!

Cheers,
Bella

5:29 PM  

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