While most spring defoliators (Winter moth, Cankerworms, Gypsy moth and Eastern Tent Caterpillar are mostly done for the season, the larvae of the Forest Tent Caterpillar (FTC) are still feeding on foliage. The larvae are black with hour-glass-like spots running down the middle of their abdomen. Treat with registered pesticide, if the infestation is heavy.
Caterpillar damage is pretty bad this year. For some plants, this was the second year in a row that they defoliated.
What's next for the affected trees and shrubs?
Will they re-foliate?
What's the prognosis for their long-term health?
Is there anything their owners can do to help?
READ Defoliation of Deciduous Trees written by RITree's Technical Advisor to learn the answers to these and other questions.