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What is this autumn caterpillar living in a silky web?

September 29, 2012
By Robert. M. Ungerer , The Post-Journal

While my wife and I were travelling south of Warren, Pa., the first week of September, we noticed among the tree-covered ridges, white, fluffy, cotton candy appearing objects scattered throughout the leaf canopy. The rising sun at 8 a.m. reflected off dew drops on the white spots, creating a beautiful natural scene. However, I realized these trees were likely infested with defoliating tent caterpillars living in the spots which were actually nests or tents.

 
 

 

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