Eastern Tent Caterpillars Hatching & Building Tents
The adult Eastern Tent Caterpillar moth lays her eggs in late spring or early summer on a tree whose leaves its larvae will eat (black cherry and apple trees are favorites). Two to three hundred eggs are deposited in a mass that encircles a thin branch. Within three weeks fully formed caterpillars develop inside the eggs. The caterpillars remain there until the following spring, when they chew their way out of the eggs just as the buds of the host tree are starting to open. As soon as the caterpillars emerge, they construct a silk tent within which they reside, enlarging it as they grow in size.
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This entry was posted on May 6, 2014 by Mary Holland. It was filed under Adaptations, Black Cherry, Caterpillars, Eastern Tent Caterpillar, Insect Eggs, Insect Signs, Insects, Larvae, May, Metamorphosis and was tagged with Malacosoma americanum.