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    Sorry for the confusion. I'm talking about Gypsy moth caterpillars. Like DaveB said, we got spanked last year. While I am noticing a smaller amount of caterpillars hatching out this spring compared to last, there are more than a typical year - and I'm hearing the munching in the canopy at night. Last year when we finally had a good run of wet weather I could see the caterpillars dying right on the bark. I'm hopeful for more of the same now.
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    Spread rate map from 2003.
    https://www.fs.fed.us/ne/morgantown/4557/gmoth/spread/

    Looks like the latest from Wisconsin.
    https://gypsymoth.wi.gov/
    Last edited by Louie; 05-31-2018 at 10:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louie View Post
    Spread rate map from 2003.
    https://www.fs.fed.us/ne/morgantown/4557/gmoth/spread/

    Looks like the latest from Wisconsin.
    https://gypsymoth.wi.gov/
    Thanks for the map.....I have seen the traps they hang out near my house, in fact, someone has been hanging one up in the ditch adjacent to our farm for the last 10 years or so. Looks like we are a few counties west of any infestation yet.
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    Here in northern New York we're in the middle of a multi year Forest Tent Caterpillar invasion. "Invasion" is the wrong word, as these critters are always here, but their population goes through huge swings and when it goes up, it goes WAY up and they eat up the forest for a year or two. There is a great article on our Public Radio website by a local forester.
    https://blogs.northcountrypublicradi...687.1492819406

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    There are areas near us that are almost completely stripped of all leaves right now. I took a drive through the sugar bush and despite it being sprayed 2 weeks ago there is still a lot of damage. I see now why they say that these caterpillar invasions are good for the forest because there is definitely a lot more sunlight getting to the forest floor that normal.
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