Heads or Tails

by Art Bee June. 05, 2010 7096 views

It is hard to know which is the head and which is the tail of this caterpillar. I spotted it after it had already eaten the leaves off a few branches of this shrub. I found out which end was the tail …….squish….yuck! It would have been a lovely butterfly actually a Moth!

Tent caterpillar is the common name for the larvae of the members of a family of moths (Lasiocampidae), easily recognized by the large silk tents, or webs, that the larvae construct during the spring in the crotches of trees, particularly apple and cherry trees. Tent caterpillars are hairy and usually brightly colored, with blue and yellow spots. Periodically they become serious orchard pests and occur in large enough numbers to defoliate whole trees and damage the fruit. Many larvae live gregariously within the tent, which they use for shelter during the night and in rainy weather. During the day, the larvae leave the tent and feed on the leaves in nearby branches.

Tent caterpillars have ravaged large amounts of trees in Southern Ontario. They have become a serious threat. You can see their tents everywhere and many treess stripped of their leaves. When a tent is full they burst open and drop hundreds of these caterpillars.

I do not want to be standing below when this happens!

There has not been much success by the Ministry in ridding the Province of these destructive creatures. They are devouring more forests every year.

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Pamela 7 years, 4 months ago

great capture!!!

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic shot and interesting post. ;)

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Eija 7 years, 4 months ago

How cute :)

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Amanda-Jane 7 years, 4 months ago

Great shot, and interesting post!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ninjin2 7 years, 4 months ago

Excellent shot of this..

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 7 years, 4 months ago

wonderful!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Yokai 7 years, 4 months ago

I don't want to touch it but it's interesting to see!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Pete 7 years, 4 months ago

perfect detail

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Dorothe 7 years, 4 months ago

Devil in disguise?

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Gonia 7 years, 4 months ago

may be she has two heads- to better eat...?

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Farley Mochan 7 years, 4 months ago

Really good, thanks for the reportage as well :p

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 7 years, 4 months ago

superb!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ray King 7 years, 4 months ago

I know these guys. I have a very small tent in my cherry tree.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Tom 7 years, 4 months ago

Nice shot, thats too bad that is happening

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Dinu 7 years, 4 months ago

Pretty shot, the colour of the background adds beauty!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 7 years, 4 months ago

Interesting post!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
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