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Mimosa Web Worm

This is a serious pest For the Mimosa tree but in our area, it primarily infests the Honey Locust tree. The damage is caused by the insect tying the foliage together with silk webs then feeding on the foliage giving it a bronzed appearance. This damage can range from mildly aesthetic to defoliation. Often the larvae can be found on houses or other structures seeking shelter for the winter. Larvae hatch in mid-late June and begin to feed immediately. A second generation can hatch in August or early September. This generation can be so abundant that the damage could be throughout the entire crown causing the entire tree to look brown.  An application of a registered pesticide is usually needed to control this insect.