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William Calfee <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Jun 2005 06:30:52 -0400
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From: "C and R STEWART" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, June 04, 2005 9:57 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] caterpillers!

>I don't know what it's like in other parts of the state, but here in the
> southern belt the tent caterpillars are wrecking havoc on the trees and
> the
> pleasures of walking in the woods.  Worms are suspended everywhere
> creating
> a mass of webbing which has amazing sticking qualities.  A simple woods
> walk requires pushing through to web maze to the point where I heard one
> person say she just wasn't going there anymore.  It sounds like light rain
> in the forest from the droppings.
> And everything looks wet, but in reality, it is sticky matter on the
> leaves.  Who can help explain this?  My husband theorizes that the trees
> that have been defoliated are still producing sap/food for the leaves and
> that is what is floating to the ground.  It's unreal.   What's happening
> elsewhere?
> Ruth
> Charlie & Ruth Stewart
> E. Dorset, Vermont
> U.S.A.