The annual family reunionDo you get tired of going to annual family reunions? Do you just sit around, eat too much and look at a bunch of people who
look like you do?
This doesn't seem to bother the spruce budworm. They are holding
their 46th annual reunion in Minnesota this year. A limited
As of June 14th ,the picnic lunch portion of the reunion was almost over. Most larvae were in the 6th and final instar. Depending on location, between 10-50% of the populations in Region 2 were in the pupal stage preparing for their departure flights in early July.
FTC defoliation and then what?After all the hoopla, heartache and hype about forest tent caterpillar in May and June, what will happen in July?
First, the caterpillars. In late June, they spun-up their cocoons
and created their pupae inside rolled leaves. They metamorphosed
into moths and began emerging as early as July 1st. Moths will
continue to emerge, mate and lay eggs into
Secondly, the people. The mess and nuisance are over for the year.
Here's a tip for those of you who had the misfortune to
Lastly, the trees; basswood, aspen and oaks. Since the hungry caterpillars disappeared, the trees were able to grow and keep their leaves. Basswood and oak quickly releaf while birches and aspens are slower to refoliate. They?re greening up and by the end of the month, should look pretty good and be doing what trees do best. They?ll be able to create sugars and starches to store for next spring, create more rootlets and form buds for next year.