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Fall Webworm

The fall webworm is a widely distributed native pest of shade trees and shrubs and appears from late summer through early fall. This species acts similarly to the eastern tent caterpillar, but the fall webworm constructs its nest over the end of the branch rather than at tree crotches. When fully grown, they are covered with whitish hairs that originate from black and orange warts.  Adults first appear in mid-June but may continue to emerge in small numbers during most of the summer. The larval stage of this pest skeletonizes and consumes leaves inside the protection of a tent-like web that they enlarge as they require additional food and grow. Apply a registered insecticide when webs and larvae are small. This usually occurs sometime during July.