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 Caught them in the act! 
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Post Caught them in the act!
I was putting fruit sox and ziplocs on my apples today. I found leaves that had been eaten so that only the transparent inner fiber was left-no green. OPening up the cottony white threads, I found small black caterpillars in a few locations. they were pretty speedy and tried to escape. Lots of tiny black dots too. I killed them. Call me a murderer. I noticed not very much other damage, although I did find some amazingly creepy yellow striped bugs on my Chinese chestnut tree. Killed them too of course. They tried to escape. Hopefully this means I'm getting them mostly on time. I have seen some telltale bugbite marks on fruit and of course, I choose to thin those. If they were just bitten and inserted with eggs, my assumption is that you would not see them. Of course, when you assume,......
John S
PDX OR


Mon May 20, 2013 10:39 pm
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Post Re: Caught them in the act!
I don't know if we are talking about the same thing.....

but last year and this year some fruit growers have noticed an unusual number of tent leaf caterpillars.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site ... B620%3B485


Wed May 22, 2013 2:57 pm
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Location: Camas, Washington
Post Re: Caught them in the act!
I usually see tent caterpillars at the end of summer, not at the beginning. I have seen yellowjackets/wasps killing tent caterpillars. They actually carried them off, I was pretty amazed by that. The wasps had a hard time getting into the tent but I used a stick to open the tent for them :-)


Wed May 22, 2013 4:08 pm
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Post Re: Caught them in the act!
I think they were tent caterpillars. Nice job dudes. I have seen a few, but not too many codling moth bites.

I also found a huge green caterpillar trying to destroy my baby arctic kiwi, which I promptly killed (the caterpillar, not the kiwi.)

Glad I was able to get the bags on almost all the apples and Asian pears already. Many fruit sox have fallen off, with or without the fruit. Maybe with all this extreme rain, we'll have a little break so people can get the bags on the apples before the codling moth gets there.
John S
PDX OR


Wed May 22, 2013 11:39 pm
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Post Re: Caught them in the act!
I found tent caterpillars on one of my trees too:
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I have never seen them this early. Does anyone recognize the caterpillars?


Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:24 pm
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