Gypsy Moths

Joined: 12:22 AM - Jan 05, 2008

6:37 PM - Jun 12, 2018 #1

They seem worse this year, They seem to be everywhere
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Joined: 5:30 AM - Aug 13, 2005

8:57 PM - Jun 12, 2018 #2

The invasion of the caterpillars!  I was looking at the decimated foliage on trees around my yard the other day and thought, "Holy Cow!"  While I was checking it out, I heard raindrops.  Didn't feel any rain, the sky was blue and then I thought it must be the sound of the buggers eating leaves.

Nope.

The sound is Gypsy Moth caterpillar poop dropping to the ground.  I. am. not. kidding.

Actually, the term is frass.  There - your word for the day.

I've actually only seen a couple of the caterpillars but there must be hundreds high up in the trees judging from the sound and leaf damage.

And now I know that those little black bits on my car, which are highly visible on top of the the thick coating of yellow pine pollen that covers my car, is caterpillar poop.

http://www.norcrosswildlife.org/its-raining-frass/
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Joined: 12:27 AM - Mar 30, 2007

9:30 PM - Jun 12, 2018 #3

I have never ever had so many. They are everywhere. I wonder if anything eats the little fuzzy devils?
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give..
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Joined: 5:54 PM - Feb 07, 2008

6:10 AM - Jun 13, 2018 #4

Adminsitrator Cathy said: 
"....on top of the the thick coating of yellow pine pollen that covers my car..."

And doesn't the pollen seem extra thick right now?
Kids walk by and write things in the pollen on my car with their fingers.
Or is it like this every year?
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Joined: 6:00 PM - Jun 25, 2007

10:23 AM - Jun 13, 2018 #5

The pollen is far thicker than usual.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Joined: 12:22 AM - Jan 05, 2008

12:02 PM - Jun 13, 2018 #6

Cathy (Admin) wrote: The invasion of the caterpillars!  I was looking at the decimated foliage on trees around my yard the other day and thought, "Holy Cow!"  While I was checking it out, I heard raindrops.  Didn't feel any rain, the sky was blue and then I thought it must be the sound of the buggers eating leaves.

Nope.

The sound is Gypsy Moth caterpillar poop dropping to the ground.  I. am. not. kidding.

Actually, the term is frass.  There - your word for the day.

I've actually only seen a couple of the caterpillars but there must be hundreds high up in the trees judging from the sound and leaf damage.

And now I know that those little black bits on my car, which are highly visible on top of the the thick coating of yellow pine pollen that covers my car, is caterpillar poop.

http://www.norcrosswildlife.org/its-raining-frass/


I hear the same thing, caterpillars crawling up my fence,
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Joined: 4:12 PM - Apr 27, 2011

4:34 PM - Jun 13, 2018 #7

Isn't the term Gypsy Moth insensitive in this day and age towards the Romani People?
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Joined: 9:12 PM - Feb 19, 2010

6:20 PM - Jun 13, 2018 #8

My same thought, gator.  Great minds!  I was also wondering how the moths got that name. (And yes I know you are not serious...besides...the moths may have been named before the people.)
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Joined: 12:04 AM - Aug 11, 2007

8:18 AM - Jun 14, 2018 #9

Winter moths have been hell around here.

inchworms in the summer
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Joined: 11:07 PM - Apr 01, 2011

9:56 AM - Jun 16, 2018 #10

Gipsy Moths are wonderful in flight. No problem at all!

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Joined: 5:30 AM - Aug 13, 2005

9:29 PM - Jun 16, 2018 #11

It is raining frass so steadily and loudly outside my house right now that I really wish that I hadn't learned that the sound is caterpillar poop dropping to the ground.
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Joined: 5:30 AM - Aug 13, 2005

7:07 PM - Jun 21, 2018 #12

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Joined: 11:54 PM - Jun 20, 2007

8:52 PM - Jun 21, 2018 #13

I have yet to see one Gypsy Moth, but I did see Jehovah Witnesses canvasing the neighborhood!
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Joined: 5:30 AM - Aug 13, 2005

2:01 PM - Jun 30, 2018 #14

The buggers should be done feeding any time now:

https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/news/gyp ... for-season
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Joined: 12:22 AM - Jan 05, 2008

2:33 PM - Jul 07, 2018 #15

Gypsy moths are now everywhere.
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Joined: 8:06 AM - Sep 01, 2012

5:47 PM - Jul 07, 2018 #16

Look at the devastation all around Steele Derrick...
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Joined: 5:30 AM - Aug 13, 2005

8:47 PM - Jul 11, 2018 #17

flounda wrote: Gypsy moths are now everywhere.
Yeah, they are.  A little while ago I closed my mouth just in time to prevent one from getting sucked in, lol.
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