All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, September 12, 2005

Beware the Webworms

The fall webworms (Hyphantria cunea (Drury)) are plentiful this year along Maine roadsides. These are the nasty creatures that build tent-like webs on the outer limbs of trees this time of year. Their tents can grow rather large, and the hairy critters will chew off every leaf within reach. This detracts from the beauty of the season, but it does no permanent harm to the trees: the leaves have done their job, and only have a few weeks to live anyway.
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