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Asked September 5, 2017, 2:34 PM EDT

Found 2 clusters of these on a Witch Hazel bush. They had completely eaten the entire limb. Closest thing I found was Yellow necked caterpillar? They did form their bodies into u shaped when I tapped the branch. What do you think?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

You are correct. These are Yellownecked caterpillars. http://bugguide.net/node/view/43588/bgimage

In light infestations, individual branches may be defoliated. Trees defoliated two or more years in a row may suffer serious dieback. The clusters of caterpillars can be manually removed and destroyed or they may be soaked with a spot spray of insecticidal oil.

https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/caterpillars-trees-and-shrubs

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