forest tent caterpillar, Malacosoma disstria  (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) - 1150084

forest tent caterpillar
Malacosoma disstria Hübner

Descriptor: Infestation
Description: The forest tent caterpillar occurs throughout the eastern United States and is a defoliator of a wide variety of hardwood trees. This is the tent caterpillar that does not make a tent! There is one generation per year and the insect overwinters in the egg stage. An unusual outbreak of the forest tent caterpillar occurred in East Texas in the spring of 2002 where some 125,000 acres of bottomland mixed hardwood forest were moderately defoliated. Because they do not defoliate all the trees in mixed deciduous stands, light defoliation may be difficult to see from the air. Moderate defoliation shows up from the air as a gray-green color.
Image view: Aerial
Image location: United States

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Name: Herbert A. 'Joe' Pase III
Organization: Texas A&M Forest Service
Country: United States
Series:Forest Tent Caterpillar by Joe Pase, Texas Forest Service - SFIWC 2002 Photo Salon Series - Second Place

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Image uploaded on Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Image Information last updated on Thursday, August 08, 2002