Infested

We had an infestation on the Silver maples this year. Lots and lots of these little guys:
infestation-caterpillars

That have eaten all the leaves off of 3 of the largest trees we have. Naked. The largest blobs you see are just more cocoons and caterpillars. No leaves are left at all.
infestation-tree

The moths are a gorgeous silvery white.
infestation-moth

Some are in the stage of laying their eggs and then passing on
infestation-deadmoth

We’ve never had an infestation this badly before and we’re hoping it doesn’t spread. We’d like these trees to come back. There’s a chance. We’re happy to share some leaves but it’s nice if they don’t take the whole tree. Greedy little buggers.

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3 Responses to Infested

  1. Joan Murray says:

    It may be too late, but we used to have trouble with japanese beetles eating all the leaves, and almost killing the trees. What worked for me was using a systemic pesticide (Bayer Tree and Shrub Protect & Feed). I got it from Lowe’s, dilute with water, feed it to the trees (and shrubs), the leaves eventually taste bad to the bugs and kill them. With the tree that big it might take a while, and a couple of tries, but it might be worth it.

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  3. Mary says:

    They are webworms. We get them in the south pretty bad. They only way to get rid of them without toxic sprays is to cut the infected branches and burn them. If you don’t get a handle on them, they will spread to all the trees.

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