Forest Tent Caterpillars

The Forest Tent Caterpillar has dark brown or black larvae with blue stripes along the length of the body and white spots on their backs that resemble a boot or footprint. Usually reach about 2 inches in length.

  • Attack deciduous trees
  • Feed on leaves
  • Can cause excessive damage and have the potential to defoliate a tree if the infestation is severe.
  • Can be controlled by manual removal if the infestation is mild
  • Insecticide application in the spring and early summer
A group of Forest Tent Caterpillars
A nest formed by Tent Caterpillars