Unless you want an itchy rash, your best bet is to steer clear of these little critters altogether. And if you’re a couple of scientists trying to insert a data logger into a nest filled with two hundred of them? Well, your best bet is to suit up.
For many years, scientists have used forest maps to focus their predictions about where these itchy caterpillars might spread. But, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the PPM doesn’t actually need forests. It just needs trees, and it’s willing to accept the ones in the front yard, thank you very much.
Pink-striped oakworms are chomping on oak trees in Raleigh right now and leaving piles of frass (poop) in their wake. Spot them on your trees by looking for branches with all of their leaves chewed off.
Eastern tent caterpillars in the second week of March 2017. Photo: SDF Last week I went looking for small new nests in hopes I could find eastern tent caterpillars just as they hatched. [...]
This is a guest post by our PhD student Larry Long. Flagging of apical shoot and frass expelled from larvae developing inside the stem and beneath the lateral leaves. Photo Credit: Larry Long, NCSU [...]
This is a guest post by Annemarie Nagle I planted yellow crookneck squash this year as an afterthought, after coming across a half-full packet of seeds and pushing last year’s disappointing crop out of mind [...]
New mimosa webworm nest. Photo: SD Frank Mimosa webworms are active in Raleigh. I saw initial webbing this week. These are annual pests of mimosa trees which many people consider pests in their [...]
Golden twin-spot moth. Perry Hampson, Bugwood.org An exotic caterpillar called the golden twin-spot moth, Chrysodeixis chalcites, is present in some Canadian greenhouses. It is a tropical species but can of course overwinter in [...]
Young eastern tent caterpillar on a cherry branch. Photo: SD Frank Yesterday I found young eastern tent caterpillars building a tent. They seem a little late this year but we've had a cool [...]
This is a quick field note by PhD student Emily Meineke. For the last few weeks, orange striped oakworms have been raining on my head as I work in the trees. They also drop a [...]