tent caterpillar


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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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Cloning the Bacillus thuringiensis Toxin Receptor of the Eastern Tent Caterpillar Malacosoma americanum.
Daily foraging schedule of field colonies of the eastern tent caterpillar Malacosoma americanum.
Life history and agespecific mortality of eastern tent caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae).
Forest Management Ontaria 2006 2007 2008 Area defoliated by insects and 1 978 846 1 945 195 beetle-killed trees (hectares) Balsam fir sawfly Forest tent caterpillar 370 759 371494 Gypsy moth 10 350 31094 Jack pine budworm 740 116 536 051 Mountain pine beetle Spruce beetle Spruce budworm 797 206 849 045 Western spruce budworm Other insects 60 415 157 511 Area planted (hectares) 82 615 74 861 Area seeded (hectares) 19 855 33 079 Fire--area burned (hectares) 149 533 40 652 1314 Fires--number (number) 2 298 1 124 338 Forest area certified (hectares) 21 600 640 26 324 043 26 287 730 Harvest (area) (hectares) 211874 183 985 158 651 Harvest (volume) (cubic metres) 18 855 000 14 725 000 Source: http://canadaforests.
Erasmus Darwin's Economy of Vegetation (1791) includes the tent caterpillar among pests to be removed from the garden, citing as main aggravation the "gluey thread" which the caterpillar spins.
They found that pepper worked best with pine sawflies and caterpillars like the eastern tent caterpillar.
To assess treatment effects on insect resistance, we conducted bioassays with gypsy moth [Lymantria dispar], forest tent caterpillar [Malacosoma disstria (Hubner)], whitemarked tussock moth [Orgyia leucostigma (J.
THE Eastern Tent Caterpillar is still considered the most likely culprit, and as such has become the number one target for stud managers and scientists.
The western forest tent caterpillar is only about an inch long; but, if there are enough of them, they can eat the foliage of an entire forest.
Eastern tent caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum) populations offer a unique opportunity to study the ways in which genetic structure and gene flow patterns may change over increasingly greater distances and, perhaps more significantly, over increasingly heterogeneous environmental regimes (McCauley and Eanes 1987; Rank 1992).