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Old May 28, 2009, 4:07 pm   #1
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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Highway

I'm not sure I've seen this before... probably have just don't remember. Anyway... I've seen these in several different woods and my yard. On a big (35 ft) cherry I was watching a "train" of caterpillars march down the trail. I broke the thread leaving a gap of about 1". They stopped dead in the tracks and in the 5 minutes I watched didn't move past the end of the thread. You could tell they were searching but didn't crawl off the end of the thread. I read one article that said last year was the peak of the cycle and there this year isn't any worse than average... I beg to differ!
Both of these pics are of one of the trails leading from one tree to another.
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Old May 28, 2009, 7:21 pm   #2
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Re: Eastern Tent Caterpillar Highway

That is very cool. I had no idea that was how they "migrate" or move house. I doubt that it's a very normal year, as we've never heard of so many people reporting stings or bites from them.
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Old May 28, 2009, 11:57 pm   #3
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Re: Eastern Tent Caterpillar Highway

Vance, next time ya find one of their trails give a light dusting of Sevin, no more pillars, no more defoliated trees,mike
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Old May 29, 2009, 12:26 am   #4
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Re: Eastern Tent Caterpillar Highway

Sevin is some nasty stuff for sure. I'm hoping they don't kill my cherry tree. I suspect it'll be defoliated in a week or two. If it wasn't 25+ ft tall I might try to dust it.
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Re: Eastern Tent Caterpillar Highway

Those are cool pics Vance. I've never seen that before.

What I did learn when i was driving a route in the UP for a few years was that in the spring and again in the fall, you would see these tendrils of smoke coming from the forest, but when you got close you couldn't see the smoke anymore. Finally one day I saw that it was couds of very tiny bugs.

I asked a lady at a store and she told it it was Gypsy Moths that had hatched. They all hatch almost at once and fly as high as they can and let the wind deposit them in a new location.
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Old May 29, 2009, 7:38 am   #6
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Cool pixs Vance....
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Old Jun 30, 2010, 10:47 pm   #7
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Re: Eastern Tent Caterpillar Highway

Hmmm. these may be Forest Tent Caterpillars. They have been bad in recent years in Manistee N.F., but weren't as bad this year. Maybe they are going to die out in that area, and not be around for awhile. Forest Tent Caterpillars have little blue markings on them, which Eastern Tent Caterpillars do not. FTC also travel around in little "armies", down one tree and up another.
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