U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Coastal North Carolina
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 09-03-2016, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
11,250 posts, read 19,764,244 times
Reputation: 5077

Advertisements

While driving around Hampstead, I have seen some ornamental trees apparently infested with web-like nests of tent caterpillars. I urge the tree owners to pull them off and destroy the nest contents. The caterpillars spread, and I have seen whole hill-sides in New England devastated by them.

Tent caterpillars my be new to this area, but NCSU has developed recommendations for dealing with them: https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/n...61/note61.html

Attached is a photo of what they look like:
Attached Thumbnails
Tent Caterpillars-tentcaterpillarnest.jpg  
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-03-2016, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
11,419 posts, read 20,245,949 times
Reputation: 16475
You posted a link to the restroom issue.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-03-2016, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
11,250 posts, read 19,764,244 times
Reputation: 5077
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flamingo13 View Post
You posted a link to the restroom issue.
Thanks. It is corrected now. See above.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-04-2016, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
19,501 posts, read 17,742,092 times
Reputation: 17296
Actually I have seen much less of these the last few years. Don't know why but they appear to be on the decline thank goodness. I used to see dozens of trees infested with them several years back in my neighborhood. The last 2 years hardly any.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-07-2016, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
10,670 posts, read 11,292,569 times
Reputation: 8525
These are fall webworms. They can be annoying but aren't a huge threat. They've been in NC for a long time. Probably what you saw in the Northeast was the gypsy moth caterpillar. This is not the same.

They are also not the Eastern Tent Caterpillar. Those little guys build their webs in the spring. They are not a big problem either. People get them both confused with the gypsy moth caterpillar which can be devastating but neither fall webworms or eastern tent caterpillars are as damaging as those guys.

https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/n...46/note46.html
Quote:
Fall webworms primarily cause cosmetic damage to shade trees because of the unsightly webs they form around the foliage on which they feed. Young caterpillars eat leaf surfaces so that only the tiny veins remain. This residue turns brown and collects in the web. Older caterpillars devour the entire leaf. Because they are most abundant in mid-late summer after the tree has had some time to store food and the weather is hot and rainfall less, the a tree's life is rarely in danger.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-07-2016, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
11,250 posts, read 19,764,244 times
Reputation: 5077
Quote:
Originally Posted by poppydog View Post
These are fall webworms. They can be annoying but aren't a huge threat. They've been in NC for a long time. Probably what you saw in the Northeast was the gypsy moth caterpillar. This is not the same.
Thanks for the clarification. I remembered the gypsy moths!
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-07-2016, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
10,670 posts, read 11,292,569 times
Reputation: 8525
No worries. A lot of transplants from up north think they are gypsy moth caterpillars because they have such a problem with them up there, but we haven't had them too bad here (yet, fingers crossed).

There's an orangestriped oakworm that's active now, too: https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/n...9/note139.html . I've seen a lot of these guys in my neighborhood. Again they're not that damaging to the trees because they've already stored up most of a summer's worth of leaf energy.

Here's another good link: https://wilkes.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/09/...y-caterpillar/
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Coastal North Carolina
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top