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Old 04-08-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Found this on the back fence and was curious to know if anybody knew what kind it was, and what it will turn into?

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tent caterpillar?

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tent caterpillar?
Thanks. I think you're correct. I've never heard of a tent caterpillar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent_caterpillar

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Those guys are cyclic up here, although I've never seen them such a pretty shade of blue.

Some years in Ontario's beloved cottage country, known to locals as, 'up north' the population explosions are so huge that going to the cottage or camping for the weekend is next to impossible.

They are literally dropping from the trees like rain. The highways are dark and slick . An umbrella is required even on sunny days.
They deleaf entire forests in days flat..but the trees seem to recover later in the season.

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Some years in Ontario's beloved cottage country, known to locals as, 'up north' the population explosions are so huge that going to the cottage or camping for the weekend is next to impossible.

They are literally dropping from the trees like rain. The highways are dark and slick . An umbrella is required even on sunny days.
That would be enough to make me hate them.
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eh..could be worse
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Pretty snake. What kind is it?
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Those guys are cyclic up here, although I've never seen them such a pretty shade of blue.

Some years in Ontario's beloved cottage country, known to locals as, 'up north' the population explosions are so huge that going to the cottage or camping for the weekend is next to impossible.

They are literally dropping from the trees like rain. The highways are dark and slick . An umbrella is required even on sunny days.
They deleaf entire forests in days flat..but the trees seem to recover later in the season.

I am not trying to be a smart a**, but are you sure they are not gypsy moth caterpillars?. I have never seen the eastern tent caterpillars that bad
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I have never seen such a quality pic of one either.
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Wow have not seen one of those in a while... I remember at one point there was 100's of em everywhere. Crawling on house walls, eating trees up etc. Trees were actually dying. We had 3 poplar trees in the back yard, they all had to be cut because they these were eating all the leaves and killing the trees. They also make sort of "spider webs" and they'd hang and sometimes fall on your head. They'd eventually cocoon themselves in a leaf. I think they turn into moths.
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Dunno Chris.

..the nice man in the video called them tent. I think they are very similar. Here is a chart to tell the diff..I think tent likes maples and gypsy likes Oak

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7436.html
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..the nice man in the video called them tent. I think they are very similar. Here is a chart to tell the diff..I think tent likes maples and gypsy likes Oak

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7436.html

I was in the business of eradicating these critters( both of them) for a long time. Tent cats like wild cherry, crab apple and fruit trees and are normally localized in or around their web( or tent) Gypsy moth cats will eat ANYTHING green when they are bad. I have seen then strip square miles of forest( including conifers) and start on the grass when all the leaves and needles were gone.
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Ok Chris..good clarification..

Can't speak for the picture that Rockstar included, but up here, according to your description they are tent...
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Found this on the back fence and was curious to know if anybody knew what kind it was, and what it will turn into?
Sort of off topic, but can you share what camera setup you used? That looks like a fine piece of glass, not the big box kit!
I'm using Canon gear Rebel xTi and a 40D and looking for a good macro.
Beautiful subject matter though. Thanks for sharing.
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Sort of off topic, but can you share what camera setup you used? That looks like a fine piece of glass, not the big box kit!
I'm using Canon gear Rebel xTi and a 40D and looking for a good macro.
Beautiful subject matter though. Thanks for sharing.
No problem. I shot this with a Pentax K-7 and the D FA 100mm WR Macro lens.

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