An Unattractive Harbinger of Autumn

 

Growing up, I never noticed these.  (But then, the older I get, the more I realize there were many things I didn’t notice in my younger years.)

Web worms

It was when I moved north that I first noticed web worms in the trees as autumn approached. After we moved back to Georgia, I began to see them everywhere, beginning in late summer.  This year they appeared in July and are still going strong.

Web worms 2

Web worms 3

Web worms are actually moth caterpillars.  Although they can defoliate tree limbs, they do no real damage to their host trees. They just look terrible.  Over the winter months the “webs” or nests will weather away.

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  1. de Wets Wild says:

    I think it is fascinating, Deb! The hows and the why’s has me intrigued!

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    1. This year they started earlier than usual, and there seem to be more of the webs/nests in the trees. But then, many things have been different this year…

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  2. They seem to look big in contrast to the leaves. I learned something. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. They are quite big, and they are everywhere!

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  3. Never seen them before, I’ll look out now 😊

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