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.
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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
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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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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).
Barbauld does not identify the caterpillar she describes, but her description matches entomological illustrations and identifications of the European tent caterpillar, Order Lepidoptera, Family Lasiocampidae, Species Malacosoma Neustria, also known as the larva of the Lackey moth.
They found that pepper worked best with pine sawflies and caterpillars like the eastern tent caterpillar. It also worked better when insects were soft-bodied, during the larval stage.
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.
An analysis of daily foraging patterns of laboratory colonies of the eastern tent caterpillar, Malacossoma americanum (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae), recorded photo-electronically.
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.
Climate and outbreaks of the forest tent caterpillar. Ecography 18:353-362.
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).
In fact, friendly flies are actually a blessing--they keep forest tent caterpillar populations in check, and thereby save our valuable woodlands from total defoliation.