It is the fall webworm
that concerns us, as it feeds on apples, ash, birch, chokecherry, elm, hickory, linden, oaks, willow, and more than 100 fruit, shade and woodland trees.
2002), the fall webworm
, Hyphantria cunea Drury; Lepdioptera: Arctiidae (Yamamoto et al.
In a second set of boxes, fall webworm
caterpillars, dietary generalists, were provided with oak (A), maple (B), and tulip tree (C).
Reports of mimosa webworm (Homadaula anisocentra Meyrick) fall webworm
, (Hyphantria cunea (Drury) and eastern tent caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum Fabricius) were more frequent during 2005.
As to the life cycle of the fall webworm
, the pest usually overwinters in its pupa (cocoon) stage, serving as a rich food source for numerous predators, and emerges in the spring as a snowy white moth that breeds and glues clusters of several hundred eggs on the underside of the leaves of host trees.
Webworms such as eastern tent caterpillar (Malacosorna americanum Fabricius), fall webworm
(Hyphantria cunea (Drury)), and mimosa webworm (Homadaula anisocentra Meyrick) were higher than normal.
The pest is a caterpillar known as the fall webworm
To illustrate -- among the myriad types of caterpillars that feed on the leaves of trees, in our area the eastern tent (or appletree tent) caterpillar and the fall webworm
construct similar tents or webs in trees.