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Author:  Artful Dodger [ Jun 12, 2018 4:57 pm ]
Post subject:  It's "raining" caterpillars

We are having caterpillars literally raining down from our Douglas Fir trees (not the Tussock moth like a couple of years ago). They seem to be attached to a sort of webbing like spiders cast and are about 1/2 to 3/4 inch. Any ideas?

Author:  slowslowqq [ Jun 13, 2018 6:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: It's "raining" caterpillars

They are Spruce budworm. if they infest a tree for 3 years, tree can die.

Author:  wildGoose2 [ Jun 13, 2018 9:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: It's "raining" caterpillars

how do you know with confidence that they are spruce budworm?
i believe there are so many different kinds of caterpillers; a pic of the caterpillars be helpful in identifying them - can you get a pic?

Author:  Artful Dodger [ Jun 13, 2018 4:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: It's "raining" caterpillars

My wife will post photos when her camera recharges. We have researched and the info points to the Western Spruce Budworm. This is really bad news for us because it means the potential loss of a lot of trees on our property and those of our neighbors. We intend to inform them about the issue.

Author:  wildGoose2 [ Jun 13, 2018 5:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: It's "raining" caterpillars

yikes! i'm sad to hear that
please keep us posted
i've sent pics of caterpillars to the ag folks in ft collins - they might want to know if there is an outbreak around here

Author:  DogRunner [ Jun 14, 2018 7:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: It's "raining" caterpillars

wildGoose2 wrote:
i've sent pics of caterpillars to the ag folks in ft collins - they might want to know if there is an outbreak around here

They're on Conifer Mtn too.

Author:  Artful Dodger [ Jun 25, 2018 3:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: It's "raining" caterpillars

Here are photos of our trees June 14 and again today.

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Author:  MtRider [ Jun 25, 2018 3:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: It's "raining" caterpillars

When I first saw the topic, I thought about the aspen trees shedding their "catapillars". I have losts of Aspens in my yard. ha ha. So the question is, where/general location of real catapillars. Not seen since my days in Wyomging at 5k altitude.

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