Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Tent Caterpillar Alert

Over the weekend, a sharp pair of eyes spotted a cocoon loaded with tent caterpillars on the young cherry tree in front of 98 Glenwood Road. The branch surrounded by the cocoon was quickly clipped, sealed in a plastic bag, and discarded in a trash can. Be on the lookout for these potentially destructive pests on any trees—especially the saplings planted along Glenwood Road last winter by Nassau County (see Adopt a Tree on Glenwood Road, April 8; On Your Mark, Get Ready, Start Watering, March 26). If you see a cocoon, don’t stop to ask—just cut off the branch that supports the cocoon, seal it in a plastic bag, and toss it in the trash.

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