The Forest Tent Caterpillar
The Tussock Moth Caterpillar
The brown-tail mothS create nests in trees, which is where the caterpillars overwinter.WE WILL BE DEPLOYING MULTI ROTOR HEAVY LIFT DRONES ARMED WITH COMPRESSED AIR GUNS THAT WILL SPRAY BIO-DEGRADABLE PELLETS or a Neem oil & soapy water mixture. wE WILL FLY THE PROTOTYPE EQUIPMENT THIS WINTER TO WORK OUT ANY BUGS IN THE DESIGN. WINTER OF 2020-21 WE SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING WITH MULTIPLE SYSTEMS IN THE AIR.
The forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria) is an insect found throughout the United States and Canada where hardwoods grow. The caterpillar will consume foliage of most hardwood species but prefers sugar maple, aspen, and oak. Region-wide outbreaks occur at intervals varying from 6 to 16 years in northern areas, while annual infestations occur in the southern range. The eastern tent caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum) is more a nuisance than a threat and is not considered a serious pest.
CTussock Moth caterpillars (from the family Lymantriidae) are voracious eaters capable of defoliating entire forests. The best-known member of this family is the beautiful but highly detrimental Gypsy Moth which is not native to North America. After its introduction, the potential for destruction these critters could wreak became all too clear. In the United States, the Gypsy Moth alone costs millions of dollars to control each year.
To insect lovers, however, Tussock Moth caterpillars are known for their striking tufts of hair, or tussocks. Many species exhibit four characteristic clumps of bristles on their backs, giving them the appearance of a toothbrush. Some have longer pairs of tufts near the head and rear. Judged on looks alone, these fuzzy caterpillars might appear harmless but touch one with a bare finger and you'll feel as if you've been pricked by fiberglass. Some species, such as the Brown-tail, will even leave you with a persistent and painful rash. Tussock Moth adults are often dull brown or white. Females are usually flightless, and neither males nor females feed as adults. They focus on mating and laying eggs, after which they die within days.