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tent caterpillar

n.
Any of several destructive caterpillars of the family Lasiocampidae, especially of the genus Malacosoma, that live in colonies and construct silken tentlike webs in the branches of trees.

tent caterpillar

n
(Animals) the larva of various moths of the family Lasiocampidae, esp Malacosoma americana of North America, which build communal webs in trees

tent′ cat`erpillar


n.
any of the larvae of several moths of the genus Malacosoma, which feed on the leaves of deciduous trees and live colonially in a tentlike silken web.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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Noun1.tent caterpillar - the larvae of moths that build and live in communal silken webs in orchard and shade treestent caterpillar - the larvae of moths that build and live in communal silken webs in orchard and shade trees
genus Malacosoma, Malacosoma - tent caterpillars
forest tent caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria - larvae of a gregarious North American moth that spins a web resembling a carpet rather than a tent; serious defoliator of deciduous trees
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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Even if a few tent caterpillars take up residence in the tree, birds, especially yellow-billed cuckoos, will forage for them and sometimes take care of the problem.
Scientists used epidemiological studies to identify possible causes and blamed exposure to bristly, hairy eastern tent caterpillars.
Local plants have already had to deal with defoliation from forest tent caterpillars and gypsy moths.
Formica neogagates opportunistically feeds on a wide range of caterpillars, including gypsy moths and eastern tent caterpillars.
We noticed a few forest tent caterpillars this summer with no lasting harm to the bush.
Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is now used to control gypsy moths, tent caterpillars, leaf rollers, canker worms, and other pests that attack garden plants, corn, and other crops.
It is tempting -- the thought that for practically no expense, you can force the president of Burger King to make a public defence of the product and say that, no, the French fries do not include deep-fried tent caterpillars.
We considered 13 hypotheses, a priori to analysis, which represented predictions about how goshawk abundance, weather during the breeding season, weather during the previous winter, exploitative competition (forest tent caterpillars, Malacosoma americanum), color phase ratios, mass of male grouse, and age ratios of both genders during the autumn correlated with Ruffed Grouse population indices that were conducted from 1983 to 2004 (Table 1).
Fitzgerald, The Tent Caterpillars (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1995) 212-15.
Nine risk factors were identified by the study, and four were deemed significant: topical use of an insecticide, the presence of Eastern Tent caterpillars, the presence of MRLS and increased illnesses.
Caterpillars can bask in sunlight to soak up warmth, but most earlier studies suggested that once the sun goes down, tent caterpillars were out of luck, says Claudia Ruf of the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
It's a slippery and dangerous business trying to run a train up a grade greased with tent caterpillars.