Friday, April 17, 2009


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)


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.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Karen said... I have a conundrum

8:26 AM  

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