tent caterpillars

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Regarding tent caterpillars, if you know what the egg mass looks like, they 
are easily seen and peeled off the bark of the tree  - assuming it is of a 
size that this can be easily accomplished (a shiny dark gray mass about the 
size of a quarter - round or elongated).  I removed about 20 eggs masses 
from a neighbor's ornamental weeping cherry years ago when I happened to 
notice one while standing next to the tree.  I don't believe the 
caterpillars do lasting harm to trees but young fruit trees could easily be 
checked in years when the caterpillars are in their peak cycles.

Patti Gotz
Roosevelt Neighborhood

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