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Old 07-14-2016, 07:19 PM
 
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Last week I was driving into Boston, and once I got North/East of Hartford or New Haven, it was weird but if I didn't know better, I would have said the trees haven't bloomed yet.

Looking alongside the road, they looked as they would in early May or late April, out, but not fully green and still bare. I have never seen this before in New England, or anywhere, and as I said, more shocking was how it was it appeared just east of Hartford/New Haven as some sort of fault line (I know we have been over this for Yankee Red Sox before).

Can anybody else attest to what I am saying?
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:55 PM
 
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They are being eaten by gypsy moth caterpillars


Gypsy moth caterpillars invading parts of Connecticut | WTNH Connecticut News
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:43 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Last week I was driving into Boston, and once I got North/East of Hartford or New Haven, it was weird but if I didn't know better, I would have said the trees haven't bloomed yet.

Looking alongside the road, they looked as they would in early May or late April, out, but not fully green and still bare. I have never seen this before in New England, or anywhere, and as I said, more shocking was how it was it appeared just east of Hartford/New Haven as some sort of fault line (I know we have been over this for Yankee Red Sox before).

Can anybody else attest to what I am saying?
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Its funny you mentioned this. A day or two ago I was driving on the Southern State Parkway on Long Island. Not New England but close enough.

And I noticed that the trees on the northern side of the Pkwy looked very small, not at all what you would expect for mid-summer. On the south side, they looked a little better. This was in eastern Nassau county.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:33 AM
 
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So it's the gypsy moths?
Really?
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:58 AM
 
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Yes, really- the darn caterpillars are all over the area

Gypsy Moths Caterpillars Wreaking Havoc On Tri-State Area Trees CBS New York
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:28 PM
 
Location: PA
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Y'all really never seen the moth caterpillars before? They're all over the highway trees here. Had to remove one from a tree just a few weeks ago. Repulsive job. You basically rip their web nests open and all this granola falls out, then you blast the opening with insecticide. The caterpillars fall out and crawl all over the darn place. When you step on them their guts are either green, yellow, or red. As you rip away more and more of their web nest it starts to get depressing to see them crawl over to their eggs and poke at them. So on top of getting grossed out, you get to feel like a murderous scumbag, just to save your trees.

sry for all that detail

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Old 07-15-2016, 04:32 PM
 
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There is a drought (severe Drought in the Merrimack Valley), hasn't rained much since March or so in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Upstate NY.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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yeah .. it was the caterpillars ... they're moths now .. all done eating . It looks like Spring with the new leaves growing in . Hope we have a wet Spring next year to kill off the caterpillars.
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:34 AM
 
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It is the gypsy moths as others have said. They have really done great damage in some localized areas. While they are pretty much everywhere, the severity they have wreaked in places is irregular. Some areas have been hit much worse than others. it would appear you passed though one of their strongholds.
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