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Forest tent caterpillars hatching in Duluth

As previously noted on PDD, this is not the summer of the full-on army worm invasion. However, I did see a lot of the above on the end of Minnesota Point on Saturday. So there will be some level of yuck this year.

I sometimes wonder if people who have moved to Minnesota from outside the Midwest maybe eight years ago hear army worm stories and think it’s a figment of folklore, like the hoop snake. They will be in for a surprise.

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16 Comment(s)

  1. I was around for 2001 or whatever. Argh.

    consuelo | May 20, 2012 | New Comment
  2. Any possibility that they have hatched to moths already? I saw one the other day in town but wanted to discount it due to not seeing any worms.

    heysme | May 20, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Guess the Army Worm Wine folks should be gearing up soon

    edgeways | May 20, 2012 | New Comment
  4. It begins.

    vicarious | May 20, 2012 | New Comment
  5. I think I may try to spend as much time this summer away from Minnesota… disgusting.

    Claire | May 20, 2012 | New Comment
  6. Here’s a shot with a fly in the mix.

    Paul Lundgren | May 20, 2012 | New Comment
  7. What we need is more bears.

    George | May 20, 2012 | New Comment
  8. I was a wee lad living in Cotton the last time they came through. I remember they moved from north to south and as you traveled up Hwy 53, there was a distinct border where the trees had leaves, and then just didn’t.

    You’d hear them pop and snap under tires as you’d drive down the road too.

    Hot Shot | May 21, 2012 | New Comment
  9. I moved here in 2005. Myth, I tell you, Myth!

    rhetoricguy@gmail.com | May 21, 2012 | New Comment
  10. Army worms make me horny.

    Herzog | May 21, 2012 | New Comment
  11. Well Claire, if you spend as much time away from Minnesota as you can this year, you will have to do the same in coming years.

    This is not going to be their big year, but next year or the following will be another invasion.

    Get your lawn edging and vaseline ready.

    Dorkus | May 22, 2012 | New Comment
  12. Forgive my ignorance, but I’ve never been around for a tent worm invasion. Are we in for something? Should I expect to be covered in worms within the next few summers? I know I could just Google this, but I feel like hearing some amusing answers.

    agate1023 | May 22, 2012 | New Comment
  13. Sorry, not worms… caterpillars.

    agate1023 | May 22, 2012 | New Comment
  14. All we know is that this summer isn’t looking like an invasion summer. Next summer is likely to be, but it’s too early to tell.

    Paul Lundgren | May 22, 2012 | New Comment
  15. And yes, agate1023 at some point they will be back in force and if you spend any time outdoors you will likely be covered in webs, lots and lots of webs. Last time around there was at least one story of the caterpillars covering some rural road so thick as to cause an accident or two.

    But you will live through it and a year or so later will be in denial again.

    edgeways | May 22, 2012 | New Comment
  16. Droves of caterpillars have congregated in the Uptown area of Minneapolis.

    Paul Lundgren | May 23, 2012 | New Comment

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