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worms on oak tree trunk

worms on oak tree trunk
Posted by Bobbie from texas on 2001-04-10 13:33:10

I have a red oak in my front yard that has several round circles of fuzzy dark gray worms with gold spots down them..Is this moths, butterflies or something that will damage my tree?

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  • Buck Moth, perhaps?
    Posted by Ber from VT on 2001-04-12 13:50:40

    Quoting Bobbie: ------------
    -I have a red oak in my front yard that has several round circles of fuzzy dark gray worms with gold spots down them..Is this moths, butterflies or something that will damage my tree?

    Hi Bobbie,

    It looks like the image link you posted didn't show up. Was it supposed to be a picture of the mystery caterpillars?

    I found a photo of a buck moth caterpillar at the link I've provided. Once you reach the page, click on the buck moth link for a photo. These caterpillars are commonly found on oak trees.

    If your fuzzy buddies are indeed buck moth caterpillars, be careful not to touch them, as their "hair" can cause skin irritation. You may want to squish them -- in large numbers, they can defoliate trees. If there aren't many, leave them for birds and other natural enemies to take care of.

    If the buck moth isn't the culprit, let us know, and we'll keep looking...Ber

    Buck Moth

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