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See the Creature That’s Making These Webs in Your Tree

treeweb4Creepy webs have started to appear in trees all over the Hudson Valley, but the creature making them is not what you’d expect.

We noticed in our backyards large webs were wrapped around an entire branch, killing some leaves and leaving the branch encased in a cocoon-like blanket of silvery webs.

We immediately assumed it was some sort of spider infestation or Gypsy Moths, but the branch was way too high to investigate. After watching for a bit we decided to film some of the crawling creatures so we could research what they were later on.  Here’s what we found:

According to the DEC, if you see these webs in July or August, they are most likely Fall Webworms and NOT Gypsy Moths. Gypsy moths usually takeover trees in the Spring. So aside from some branches covered with the webs and some leaves that are being eaten, Fall Webworms aren’t dangerous to trees or people. If you would like to read more about Fall Webworms, Gypsy Moths, and other tent caterpillars CLICK HERE.

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