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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.

16 Comments

consuelo

about 2 years ago

I was around for 2001 or whatever. Argh.

heysme

about 2 years ago

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.

edgeways

about 2 years ago

Guess the Army Worm Wine folks should be gearing up soon

Claire

about 2 years ago

I think I may try to spend as much time this summer away from Minnesota... disgusting.

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

Here's a shot with a fly in the mix.

George

about 2 years ago

What we need is more bears.

Hot Shot

about 2 years ago

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.

rhetoricguy@gmail.com

about 2 years ago

I moved here in 2005. Myth, I tell you, Myth!

Herzog

about 2 years ago

Army worms make me horny.

Dorkus

about 2 years ago

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.

agate1023

about 2 years ago

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

about 2 years ago

Sorry, not worms... caterpillars.

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

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.

edgeways

about 2 years ago

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.

Paul Lundgren

about 2 years ago

Droves of caterpillars have congregated in the Uptown area of Minneapolis.

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