Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Emerge
Warm temperatures during the first week of May have lead to gypsy moth caterpillars beginning to emerge from egg masses all across Connecticut and Massachusetts. These invasive forest pests have been wreaking havoc on oaks, maples, and many other landscape trees and shrubs over the past several years. Consecutive dry springs have allowed the population of caterpillars to build up to devasting levels, defoliating trees and making a mess of our homes and yards. Several consecutive years of defoliation can deplete trees of their energy and cause decline and death of mature trees.
At this stage of their development gypsy moth caterpillars are small, about an eighth of an inch long and remain gathered around the egg masses they originate from. The egg masses are tan, felt-like structures that can be found on the stem of branches of a variety of trees, but most commonly oaks and maples. Each individual egg mass can contain 500-1000 eggs, each of which hatches into a voraciously hungry, leaf feeding caterpillar.
ArborTech’s Arborists can identify gypsy moth on your property and develop a plan to prevent damage to your trees and keep your landscape caterpillar free. Give us a call at (413) 525-0060 or contact us through our website.