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Forest Tent Caterpillars Are Taking Over East Texas This Spring

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If you’ve noticed more caterpillars than usual this spring, you’re not losing your mind. They’re everywhere! And if you stand under a tree, that powdery substance around your shirt collar may be caterpillar droppings.  Gross.

A specific type of caterpillar is really reproducing like crazy.  The Forest Tent caterpillar is prevalent this spring because of a mild winter, and we’re seeing them in our backyards, on sidewalks, in flower beds, and in parks.

A Lufkin entomologist told KTRE that the caterpillars are considered a nuisance sometimes, but they really are pretty harmless.  Until you stand under a tree while they’re feeding, and all of that powdery stuff coming down like rain lands in your hair and on your shirt collar. That would be caterpillar poop.

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That’s some good trivia for your next picnic at Southside Park.

The caterpillars will be spinning cocoons in a couple of weeks and we won’t see them for another year, so enjoy the fuzzy little things while you can — droppings and all.

The moths will appear in late April or early May.

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