Are these tent caterpillars?

Asked July 28, 2016, 9:43 AM EDT

These nests are popping up in our apple trees. Are these tent caterpillars in the picture or something else and how do I get rid of them?

Marquette County Michigan

2 Responses

This late in the season it is probably not Eastern tent caterpillar or Forest tent caterpillar. This article shows pictures of these two caterpillars so you can be sure of ID.
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/eastern_tent_caterpillar_outbreaks_patchy_and_localized
It is probably Fall webworm
http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/the_rise_and_fall_of_the_fall_webworm
This article recommends doing nothing or pulling the web and worms from the tree. Just spraying the web with insecticide is not effective because the worms are generally on the inside. If you catch it early you can just cut it off and dispose of it.


Thank you! It does look like the Fall Webworm. I will try pulling them off with a stick.
Jennetta