While traveling last month in the Carolinas and Virginia states, you couldn’t help noticing these brown silky substances attached to the trees and in large numbers. A caterpillar species builds unsightly silk tents in cherry, apple, and other landscape trees in early spring. The caterpillars feed on leaves of these host trees, and may cause significant defoliation when present in large numbers. Caterpillars wander when they are ready to pupate, crawling on houses and decks.
How do you control those pesky caterpillars and prevent deforestation? Good question for this sight is endless for miles and miles from the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway to the Skyline Drive in Virginia and crossing the Shenandoah National Park.
I touched one of those silky substances, I didn’t find any caterpillars inside but I was amazed by the toughness of the silk material.
I am unable to name this bug. He flew by me and rested on that pole for a brief moment while I was patiently waiting for one of the many birds visiting the feeder.
It’s amazing how simple pictures like these can deliver such beauty to the eyes.
This butterfly was “held hostage” so to speak inside my screen room while the door was left ajar and was trying to get his food supplement from the flowers and orchids from my patio. I was able to get him happily out in the wild.