Spring has sprung and this year’s pests are active and feasting on your trees, enter the eastern tent caterpillar. The eastern tent caterpillar is a cool season insect which loves munching on the leaves of your tree. Tent caterpillars are not super destructive, but they can decrease the aesthetics of your tree.
Tent Caterpillars are typically found feeding on trees in the Prunus genus (plums and cherries), or on Malas (apples and crabapples). The caterpillars hide in their silk “tent” during the day and emerge to feed under the cover of darkness. During the night they feed on the leaves which can defoliate the tree. This damage typically will not last more than 3 weeks before the trees have a flush of new growth.
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