Friday, May 17, 2013

Tent Caterpillars

We get these every year at this time.  I think they're equally really cool and really gross.

I'd heard them called bagworms, but they're not actually bagworms. 

They're tent caterpillars, Malacosoma americana. They especially like our choke cherry trees - and there are tents in every one of them.  They grow up to be moths.  Here are a bunch of pics of the adult moth.

I think they're pretty with the sun shining through the tents.  At least until they get full of frass [poop].  Then it's just disgusting.


  1. They creep me out, poop or no poop. :P I like watching the rare bird pick them off though (most don't seem to touch them...but I've seen one Eastern Phoebe and one Yellow-billed Cuckoo eat them before).

  2. Ever since I was little, my dad taught me how to take care of them, since they kill the trees...take a stick, twirl it around in the tent, and throw it on the ground! They are disGUSTING!!!


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