Forest Tent/Eastern Caterpillar

AboutForest Tent Caterpillar

A native species, it makes a silken nest in the crotches of cherries, apples, and other trees in the rose family. Tent caterpillars hatch early (about mid-April) and become conspicuous by May when they begin spinning the silken “tents” for shelter. They feed on leaves outside the web and return for shelter from predators and warmth on cool days. Damage is mainly to ornamental trees, and these typically re-foliate once the caterpillars have abandoned the tent.