|FEELS LIKE FALL|
|FALL WEB WORM "TENT"|
|RED OAK ACORN|
Speaking of which, fall web worms, or tent caterpillars, are beginning to appear here and there. The caterpillars feed and grow within the silken “tent” that they weave around the colony, which makes them almost impervious to any kind of insecticidal spray when they are inside it. However, in the home landscape they appear only sporadically and the easiest control on most trees and shrubs is simply to cut off the branch the “tent” is on and bury or burn it. The overwintering egg masses are cottony white and are attached to the undersides of leaves, and in branch crotches. The adult male and female moths are white and quite pretty. The species is native to most of North America.
The red oak acorns are ripening and squirrels are having a field day. As with most other fruits this year, there appears to be a bumper crop. Good not only for the squirrels but the deer, turkeys and grouse as well. All should go into the winter well fed.