Forest Tent Caterpillars

Characteristics
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.

Damage
  • Attack deciduous trees
  • Feed on leaves
  • Can cause excessive damage and have the potential to defoliate a tree if the infestation is severe.
Control
  • 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