Tent Caterpillars in Northern Arizona Above 6000 foot Elevations
Tent caterpillars are common insects in northern Arizona forests as well as in urban trees.Tent caterpillars feed upon developing buds, and young and mature leaves of their host. Hosts of tent caterpillars in northern Arizona include, oak, willow, poplar, birch, ash, apple, apricot, cherry, plum, currant, and hawthorn. They form a tent or pad of silken threads which they use for resting and for protection from predators and severe weather. There are mechanical, biological and chemical control methods available to control these insects when damage to plants becomes severe.
Revised 10/2014; Originally Published: 2002AZ1249-2014
- integrated pest management
- tent forming