Question of the Week: Forest Tent Caterpillar

Last week the question was:  What kind of caterpillar is this?

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These are forest tent caterpillars.  They feed on the foliage of deciduous hardwood trees and can occasionally cause extensive defoliation.  The forest tent caterpillar is different from other tent caterpillars because it doesn’t actually construct tents.  Instead, it forms a silk mat on the trunk or a large branch and this is where it will go through its final molt.  for more information, take a look at this UF page.

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Here is this week’s question:  What is this?

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3 Responses to Question of the Week: Forest Tent Caterpillar

  1. Ben Powell says:

    Wireworm larva (Coleoptera:Tenebrionidae) Darkling beetles

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  2. Ben Powell says:

    Correction: Elateridae Click beetles

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  3. John Mahon says:

    Yes , wireworms, click beetle, in one field they loved sweet potatoes for more years than experts said was possible.

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