Friday, April 17, 2009

EWWWW! WHAT ARE THESE?


worms
Originally uploaded by Food Fanatic
I found myself underneath this a couple of hours ago. Are they friend or foe? Should I let them live or whack 'em? (yes, I've been watching reruns of the Sopranos lately)

5 Comments:

Blogger T. Carter said...

Probably Malacosoma americanum, eastern tent caterpillar moth. They can do some damage to tree leaves (and be gross), but usually not severe amounts of damage ...

3:03 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

kill 'em?

3:25 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

I can't see the picture!!

4:22 PM  
Blogger T. Carter said...

They can weaken a tree, but are unlikely to kill an established one, unless there are repeated, successive infestations. A young tree they can strip all the leaves from and kill it. They're native to the region and a food source for raccoons, foxes and a number of birds, bats and reptiles. So maybe watch them and don't kill unless they're spreading crazy or it's a weak/young tree or you just want to get rid of them.

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/eastern_tent_caterpillar_m.htm

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7111.html

8:24 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

hmm...now I have a conundrum

8:26 AM  

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