[NAFEX] Tent caterpillars

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Jul 31 00:37:17 EDT 2006

Found something interesting about tent caterpillars, which are showing 
up now.   Conventional treatment is to spray or burn the nests.  
Actually, if you cut the nest out and leave it a good distance (like 
100 feet or more) from a shrub or tree, out in the open, the 
caterpillars are usually destroyed by ants, birds, and other predators 
in short order.  The nest is their protection and when it's left in the 
open, they have to eventually try to leave to find a new tree.  When 
they do, the individual caterpillars are exposed and vulnerable to all 
sorts of insect eaters, including other insects.  They don't feed on 
grass, so if they are too far from a food source, they can also starve 
trying to crawl to another host.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at 
http://www.bunchgrapes.com  Winner of the Garden Writers Association 
"Best Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
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